Tuesday night, I decided to watch TV after completing most of my homework for class the next day. Not a regular phenomenon, I lounged on my bed flipping through the channels trying to find something interesting and not a re-run. Finally, I decided to stop my channel surfing on Comedy Central, and watch whatever was left of The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.
Stewart was in the middle of a particularly riveting segment detailing what he believes were mistakes made by CNN during their live coverage of the Navy yard shooting, where Aaron Alexis shot and killed 12 people. Stewart found the broadcasters fixation on small details, like the building’s size, and their speculations about what was occurring within the building, ridiculous.
The segment then continues with Stewart’s team parodying CNN’s coverage. They stand on New York streets commenting on how tall buildings are, despite no breaking news occurring at the scene.
This false style of broadcast journalism seems to be running rampant these days. This summer, comedian Russell Brand gave an interview on MSNBC’s program, Morning Joe, about his upcoming world tour. The interviewers were incapable of focusing on anything besides his accent and his style of dress. At one point, Brand does a better job at being a morning show host than the people who are supposed to be interviewing him.
Nowadays, TV networks are known by their bias, seemingly focused solely on how many viewers they can entice to view their program — potentially preventing the important news from being delivered to the public. Networks spend copious amounts of time discussing pop culture events, rather than important world events, like the civil war in Syria.