David Kirkpatrick

August 2, 2009

Television scourge part two — cable news

Filed under: Media, Politics — Tags: , , , , , , , — David Kirkpatrick @ 4:57 pm

It’s barely news and it’s barely opinion. It is, however, quite spintastic and rubber-stamped, signed, sealed and delivered by big money interests. And those interests don’t involve education or enlightenment. It’s saying a lot for the state of television news when a comedian — Jon Stewart — polls as America’s most trusted newsman.

And then there’s this playground mudfight:

At an off-the-record summit meeting for chief executives sponsored by Microsoft in mid-May, the PBS interviewer Charlie Rose asked Jeffrey Immelt, chairman of G.E., and his counterpart at the News Corporation, Rupert Murdoch, about the feud.

Both moguls expressed regret over the venomous culture between the networks and the increasingly personal nature of the barbs. Days later, even though the feud had increased the audience of both programs, their lieutenants arranged a cease-fire, according to four people who work at the companies and have direct knowledge of the deal.