TV Coverage of the Shutdown (and Moose Mating Calls)

Friday, October 18, 2013


Two weeks ago we talked with James Fallows about rampant false equivalency by newspapers in covering the federal government shutdown. This week, Bob speaks with Andrew Tyndall of The Tyndall Report who says broadcast news had its own weakness -- choosing anecdotal stories of real people hurt by the shutdown over informative analysis. 


Andrew Tyndall

Hosted by:

Bob Garfield

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The reason for "personalizing" stories like the one featuring elk mating calls in Yellowstone, was different only in kind.

Instead of using bludgeoning left-wing pundits to blame Republicans, the networks sought to use sympathetic "real people" and lovely national park settings to blame Republicans. The idea was to say that without the federal government, the world as we know it will cease to exist. NPR did about four of those stories every day of the shutdown.

Nice that Bob and his guest could, together, understand clearly (and share with us) the understanding that -- of course -- Republicans were to blame.

This one goes into the OTM left-wing bias Hall of Fame. Where's Ira Glass when you really need him?

Oct. 20 2013 03:19 PM

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