Why I turned off my Tee Vee Machine while watching CNN today


I had to turn off the Tee Vee Machine today. I never do that. I need the Tee Vee Machine. I need to watch for breaking news to report to you, I need to see as many sides of a story as is humanly possible, I need to glean whatever information I can from what passes for news these days.

But today I reached my limit.

I was watching CNN, because, of course, MSNBC was airing "Lockup". They do that a lot. Apparently, news doesn't break on weekends and holidays.

Anyway, on CNN there was a news dee jay. I hesitate to call him an anchor for obvious reasons. And this news dee jay was discussing a poll with the "CNN political correspondent", or "CNN political analyst", or "CNN Inept Yet Well-Paid On Air Personality", or whichever label they lavish on under qualified hacks.

The two pretend reporters/anchormen/journalists/insert-title-here were Very Earnestly and Seriously discussing a poll about who would be the likely victors in the November election. Dee Jay Guy started opining- yes, the "objective" news "anchor" was opining-- about how the Dems were in deep doodoo, even worse doodoo than they were in yesterday when other dee jays were opining about how the Dems were in deep doodoo.

Analyst Guy jumped in, there were opinions flying everywhere, and both objective news professionals personalities were enthusiastically and blatantly and confidently insisting that the Dems' doodoo was deepening.  I was impressed with how intent they seemed to be to convince voters that neither had read this.

Then they delved (if shallow delving is even possible) into a poll that indicated that voters weren't very fond of the Tea Party. Analyst Guy suddenly became rather hesitant, and  prefaced his delvitude with, "Hey, this is just my opinion, but..." and then proceeded to give his opinion. He was very careful to repeat that it, to be sure, and under no uncertain terms, was just his opinion, but yeah, maybe, possibly the Tea Baggers were kinda, maybe, possibly losing support, kinda, maybe, possibly because they had been so very high profile during the primaries. He didn't sound very confident any more, not when it came to Tea Bagger doodoo.

Finally, the "Here's What I Think" fest was concluded, but something was missing. There seemed to be a hole the size of Dee Jay Guy's enormous mouth, but what was it?

I thought, and I thought, and I thought again. Then it came to me the way epiphanies come in the form of wild geese formations to Glenn Beck: Not a word was uttered about the part of CNN's own poll that revealed that the midterms will not be about sending President Obama a message.  No commentary that might have gone in Obama's favor. Not a whisper to contradict their usual message that Obama is the recipient and cause of America's anger. Nope, only a lot of blah blah blah that created a lot of doubt about Democrats this election season.

And that is when, and why, I turned my Tee Vee Machine off.

Note to Commenters who ask: No, I can't link to a video that doesn't exist, which is why I didn't link to a clip of the above broadcast. Yes, I can still post about it, because I am reporting about what was said. That's what reporting is, listening to others and writing down what they say.

  • RyanC1384

    Take a cup and a half of the right wings hatred and unwavering anger of all things Obama and add in a cup of Democratic dissatisfaction with the limited movement to the left with a huge majority and a couple teaspoons of bad economic news & an enthusiasm gap and what will come out of the oven? I'm afraid Democrats will lose both houses in November. Someone tell me why I am wrong?

  • More bias from the right-leaning corporate lame-stream media. Just more evidence that in spite of what the Republicans and Conservatives would like you to think, the Media in this country is definitely conservative in nature. They are looking after their corporate interests. Keith and Rachel are the exceptions. The rest, while not blatant like the FOX clowns or Scarborough, are just more subtle in their bias.

  • HarborGuy

    Yup! I can no longer take it...Thank goodness for Keith and Rachel...maybe Ed Schultz...and Thom Hartmann.

    At every other turn...MSM is on and on how the Dems will be wiped out this fall. It makes me sick. The more they talk the Dems down, I'm concerned that it will indeed happen.

    And to add...it makes me SO angry, to watch all those talking heads, blather on about the Libs...while they, I'm reasonably sure are sucking down a high six figure or seven figure wage. They don't know CRAP about those of us with no income flow or those working for minimum /slightly higher than minimum.

    This country is screwed up and it's the RushTurds fault.

  • lance

    At times CNN's BS makes me nearly crazy. And my cable co. doesn't have MSNBC.

    But there is a level of absurdity that truly is only a few degrees apart from FOX!

    What the hell can we do?

  • Nellcote

    I've pretty much stopped watching daytime cable too. But I'm glad cnn happened to be on at work today. Prez Obama gave a kick ass labor day/campaign kick off speech.

  • Charles

    I get to the point of turning off the TV on an hourly basis because of this crap. The story is it is all Obama and the Dem's fault. Don't let facts get in the way.

  • Too funny!!!!
    Sadly, too true!!!

  • Michael

    I love how the media have all gotten on this same bandwagon. According to them, Dems will lose their majority and it'll all be voters fault. It won't be the Dems fault or Obama's. It will be voters who just like to put Republicans back in charge. It'll be voter fatigue that will keep the Dems at home. It's the fact, they insist, that Obama hasn't stated his accomplishments clearly or forcefully enough that will keep the liberals home. It'll have nothing to do with the fact that Harry Reid,Nancy Pelosi and Obama all cater to every GOP whim. It'll have nothing to do with the broken promises. It'll have nothing to do with Harry Reid not forcing the GOP to actually filibuster so voters can see the obstruction in plain sight.

    The GOP could lose a lot in Nov. The odds are against them actually what with Sharron "social security is for the coddled" Angle and Rand "private companies should be able to discriminate" Paul out there making the rounds.

    It's like there's a meeting or conference call at some point and they all decide what the narrative will be and they push it regardless. Even Keith and Rachel fall into it a lot of times. The poll may say that the election isn't about sending Obama a GOP message but it just might be sending him a message from his liberal base. If you bite the hand that feeds you, you eventually starve. Only the problem is that by the time this message gets recieved, it will be too late.

  • LMBAO I have to just to keep from pulling out my long, fluffy Afro! I heard this nonsense as I was going for a mid morning walk.

    good luck on finding any unbiased straight factual news sources. It's like working a freaking jigsaw puzzle to get any cogent reporting. I LOATHE the cable and local news stations, really I do. Lying, spinning and weaving for ratings and profit.