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Same Channel, Different Show: America Distrusts Mass Media More Than Congress

don't trust the corporate mediaDoes the national news industry read its own press? While networks are busy creating fancy holograms and littering the screen like ESPN during the NFL Draft, America cares less and less about what they actually have to say.

Gallup just came out with a poll that proves it: distrust in national news is an historic low.

According to the poll, things aren’t in a good way. Americans’ confidence in the media’s ability to report the news “fully, accurately and fairly” has returned to its previous all-time low of 40 percent.

Be it due to fear or loathing, people do not believe what the media folks are sharing. No matter what talking point decorates the teleprompter, many viewers feel like they might as well flip the channel.

Should we?

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Bad News: Poll Shows Confidence in News Media Very Low, Right Above Congress

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500 channels and nothing on…

There is nothing more mesmerizing than our ability to ignore fact, figure, and logic.

Collectively, there are groups of people who can be so dense that one would think every highfalutin group walks around in wifebeaters drenched in sweat and beer stains. For example: It is no secret that the current Congressional body has the lowest approval rating in U.S. history, yet there they are, re-elected and sitting pretty.

Glowing in the spotlight of that single-digit love is one other group that just can’t take a hint: National Network News.

The numbers we have to share have nothing to do with ratings, but they probably should.

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More MSNBC Issues: Network Sued for Misidentifying Michigan Man as Criminal

MSNBC FailSo, for the past few weeks, MSNBC has been in the news, instead of reporting it.

Most recently, we have MSNBC celebrating Cinco de Mayo in an appalling way with sombreros and Tequila. Then, Chuck Todd got called out by CNN‘s Vaughn Sterling in a glorious way for the peacock’s “breaking news.” And then, there was that time when MSNBC decided to broadcast its own “Racial Draft,” because Dave Chappelle’s skits needs to be resurrected on national news formats.

This #MSNBCFail actually occurred in October 2009 but it is just now seeing its day in court. For those who have misplaced their “Media 101″ handbook, here’s Rule No. 4,934 of “How not to screw your entire credibility with one report.” Get the name right, please. Yes, this really happened.

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How Did MSNBC Celebrate Cinco de Mayo? Offensively!

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Because racist jokes are always national news, right?

The NBC News nation hasn’t had the best week. First, we discover the powers that be at 30 Rock realize David Gregory isn’t holding up end of the deal so they make Will.I.Am a political commentator. You know, because that’s what we all think of that guy.

And then yesterday came — it was Cinco de Mayo.

A day that most people confuse for Mexican Independence Day, which in itself is offensive to many Mexican people. However, MSNBC couldn’t resist the temptation for its beleaguered network. They needed a catchy segment, something that would grab attention. Somberos, tequila, chips, salsa, and … oh, that’s right … racism?!

Whelp, it worked.

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Breaking News Just Got Broke All Up in MSNBC’s Chuck Todd’s Behind

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Stay Classy CNN and MSNBC.

BREAKING: Social media has obliterated any hope for broadcast news to break any stories before Twitter gets its talons on it. I understand the hypersensitivity of competition in broadcast news, which is why PR professionals are constantly trying to get their game up. However, lately, “breaking news” seems to be about as overstated as a Kardashian anywhere in the news.

Recently, MSNBC’s Chuck Todd took to Twitter trying to place CNN on blast for its “breaking news” terminology. And then CNN producer Vaughn Sterling returned the volley with some serious stink on it. So great.

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THIS JUST IN: MSNBC Really Performed a ‘Chappelle Show’ Sketch

THIS JUST IN 2It’s not like MSNBC doesn’t know they are dead last in national news ratings. In fact, I hear the only people that watch that network are the hosts mamas and Al Sharpton’s barber to make sure his perm is holding up under those lights.

Seriously, the network sucks and if it weren’t for Rachel Maddow, I don’t even think MSNBC management would watch. To wit, the beleaguered network needed some punch, some oomph, something completely wrong.

So, the higher-ups call upon Toure, host of “The Cycle,” to pedal his ass where no one would think — “Chappelle’s Show.” And what transpired is so hard to believe. You know, if there wasn’t video … and there is after the jump. Read more

Ask MSNBC What Is Wrong with National News

FULL DISCLOSURE: This is not a political diatribe about the foot-in-mouth disease most national news reporters seem to have when it comes to a zeal to become a “personality” instead of doing their effin’ job as a “reporter.”

FULLER DISCLOSURE: When you see the video, you will laugh out loud, so please abstain from drinking liquid for the next three minutes.

Now then: How are you today? Well? That’s grand, really.

Many people across our proud nation are reeling with economic problems, turmoil from being unemployed (or underemployed), domestic drama or even trying to get a hand-up from the “man.” And since none of us can figure these serious times in which we are battling, we received the golden envelope yesterday. That’s right — America has the answer as to what is wrong with our priorities, and we have MSNBC to thank for this!

How? Well, ask serious newswoman Andrea Mitchell. She is in the middle of a stern-faced interview with former Congresswoman Jane Harman (D – Calif.) who is on a fairly intelligible rant about the NSA and how they may need to stop collecting phone records.

And then…BREAKING NEWS…and I just accidentally swallowed that Liquid Plumber I was gargling. Ah, well.

‘Race Bait’ Can Be Click Bait Too, Right?

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Force fed? Earned? Made up? MEH!

Wouldn’t it be lovely if national TV networks were completely transparent with their ratings tactics? They know milking a cow dry will provide refreshment for everyone in the line of sight, but if that quart tastes like canal water, does the strategy really work?

Don’t all PR people realize that’s what these diva national TV networks are doing? Of course, we do. MEMO to the aforementioned networks tanking in a sea of despair: your viewers know this as well.

For instance, the Melissa Harris-Perry ballyhooYou know, she throws up a picture of Mitt Romney’s family that could fit in 14 Winnebagos, focuses on his one adopted black grandson and breaks into a chorus of the old Sesame Street classic, “One of these things is not like the other.”

Whelp, some just about everyone is thinking that crap is done on purpose.  Read more

The News Is In: Cable News Is Sucking a Little Wind

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Meh?!

The word is out and I think all your haters of “Faux News” can have a nice warm cup of shut up. Do you realize according the recent polls that have been addressed, FOX News has been the number one cable news network for 12 long years. 12! That’s not your mama’s cable news network.

And it doesn’t matter what big screens Wolfy puts in his situation room, where Anderson rocks his stellar, on-location reporting or whatever the hell MSNBC does to mount up some controversy, no one can touch FOX News. Now while this isn’t an endorsement of their rockstar reporting (Megyn Kelly, we’re pointing at you and whitey Santa), we are seeing something different in these numbers most aren’t discussing.

They are all tanking, just a little. And for one very good reason.

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MSNBC’s Chris Hayes Challenges Firm Posing As ‘Independent Research Institute’

A couple of days ago we went off on the Employment Policies Institute, an “independent research institute” run by PR firm Berman and Company that lobbies against minimum wage increases and other policies that the fast food industry doesn’t like. Last night MSNBC host Chris Hayes and guest David Sirota of Salon took time to grill Mike Saltsman, the EPI’s only employee.

In cable news speak, “grill” means “yell louder than everyone else in the room.”

Saltsman has a point in saying that labor groups fund studies conducted by groups like The Economic Policy Institute. The problem is that EPI and Berman and Company are the same organization. As we noted in the original post, this kind of work is the very reason people assume that the phrase “public relations professional” means “dishonest corporate shill.”

We do love Saltsman’s claim to speak for “entry-level workers” and his explanation for confusing the public by naming the “institute” after the other EPI: “There are only so many letters in the alphabet, Chris”. Ha ha, very funny.

While it’s nice to see Hayes challenge the EPI, this clip just reminded us why we never watch cable news. How do people sit through this stuff?

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