‘In analyzing network coverage of the Sandy Hook murders, I had no intention of doing a series of articles on television news, but the opportunity to deconstruct the overall grand illusion was compelling.
A number of articles later, I want to discuss yet another sleight-of-hand trick. The myth of “coverage.”
It’s familiar to every viewer. Scott Pelley, in seamless fashion, might say, “Our top story tonight, the widening conflict in Syria. For the latest on the Assad government crackdown, our coverage begins with Clarissa Ward in Damascus…” .
Clarissa Ward has entered the country secretly, posing as a tourist. She carries a small camera. In interviews with rebels, she discovers that a) there is a conflict, b) people are being arrested c) there is a funeral for a person who was killed by government soldiers, d) defiance among the citizenry is growing.
In other words, she tells us almost nothing.
But CBS is imparting the impression that her report is important. After all, it’s not just anchor Scott Pelley in the studio. It’s a journalist in the field, up close and personal. It’s coverage.
Here are a few of the many things we don’t learn from either Pelley or Ward. Who is behind the rebellion in Syria? What is their real goal? What covert role is the US playing? Why are there al Qaeda personnel there?
But who cares? We have coverage. A key hole view. It’s wonderful. It’s exciting for two minutes. If we’re already brainwashed.’
And if I had any more reason to hate The Biggest Loser, another one comes along. After reading THIS article, I am disgusted with the show and its trainers and producers. Absolutely disgusted.
Read it if you have the time!
An incredible article. I really suggest reading it.
Wow. This is horrific.
Excellent Article but do keep in mind 2 things:
1. The Biggest Loser is a television ‘reality’ show which means it’s likely up to 99.9% bullshit andIt is what it is: Fat Exploitation perpetuating the stereotype that overweight people are gluttonous and lack self-control which apparently makes NBC and all sponsor corporations involved a cubic ass load of money. It’s always been all about the Benjamins, baby and she willingly, under her own volition, signed up to be openly exploited in front of millions of viewers.
2. everyone that participates on said show signs a binding legal contract…so…