The declining influence of TV news
Charles Krauthammer weighs in
- Duration 5:37
- Date Mar 19, 2013
Charles Krauthammer weighs in
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Back -- -- -- take anti -- you research center study shows that local television news throughout America.
Pretty much trivial -- reporting anything of substance and on the national front opinion has replaced report highs -- some of the cable networks.
Opinion now 15%.
Reporting that must be about 4 AM I miss it.
Fox News 55% opinion 45%.
Where it's about right.
CNN 46% opinion 54%.
Reporting us I think accurate as well dressed up in Washington Charles Krauthammer what is.
This is studies say -- you chills.
That said he does -- the sun rises in the east.
Everybody knows -- MSNBC's.
Own opinion even the slogan believe forward is just a way of saying leave left.
Those short as they do just announced that there.
They know basically an ideological.
Hannity and I think -- they have on CNN and fox is basically right.
Roughly half news and have -- -- yeah but it's in the perception is that fox is all opinion and a Republican driven network.
But this study shows if you know 45% that's almost 5050.
-- have a -- -- believe that because fox has such influence of I have to say.
It's nothing except opinion but in fact it's not -- just watch it for one -- -- -- The bears show seed -- 6 o'clock evening news -- that's news on television.
Network or cable.
And that's where I would go to receive my news even if I weren't here that's because you're on that show and and you know well I'd say Verizon and maybe even my mother would watch it if I wanted to.
Local news -- worked it.
For lot of years I was here in New York City at WCBS TV and we had a lot of influence fact that now.
Zero in this big town and nation marked the biggest market in the country so -- -- a few weeks ago their local news it's about.
Wedge third and trapped CA Ken as a little donkey on the park way and I can't get it -- off.
An 80% of the stories.
In the local in this study -- local news don't run more than a minute.
So I think that -- evaporated.
Well I don't matters -- -- your view of whether -- -- news used to be.
At least -- -- -- seem to me always to be 80% crime and the -- was trivia.
I don't remember it ever being something that -- National opinion what did move national opinion.
In those days as today is the network news but now we've added cable news of course and the Internet so in a sense.
-- TV news is lost influencing -- because of the growth.
Of the Internet as a competitor more than and then networks have lost.
Because of the growth of cable folks.
Depend on their local news to define their local politicians we can't do that we can't do the state races here.
Unless you're big profile you know famous people and now 3%.
Of local news politics 3% of -- story so that's gone.
And here's way here here's a bad thing about the -- seeing -- it's integration of local TV news.
And the watering down of the network news and Howard is when I worked at ABC news in particular.
A lot of lot of kicked -- investigative reporting.
Brian Ross does it down -- a few what is but it's not the way it used to because it's too much money it's too expensive to do it.
And they don't send me a bit -- -- bureaus all over the world now they -- tape from freelancers.
And all of this dumb us down the American public that's the key.
People just don't know anymore.
Whether you're right part of it is -- much less money.
The other part of it is ideological.
You look at -- Steve crafted -- view of Obama and Clinton.
That said that's humiliating that who you wouldn't have seen that.
-- sixty -- -- forty years ago that they would have been ashamed to put something on like that I think they're really is an affinity with this administration.
Well -- I'm sure in the bush years it was a lot of hard hitting stuff.
Because they were opposed to bush especially after the Iraq War went south.
Then they felt all of people guilty they should have done XY and Z in the beginning.
And they were really tough I think -- really is a difference in how hard hitting the networks are.
Depending on whether there's a conservative or a liberal and.
Off and I agree a 100% but I think that they the call now a low information voters are becoming.
The majority in this country because there isn't information.
Out there anymore.
It's always -- on the Internet to get well objects not information -- not -- Internet it's all skewed.
You know objective hard hitting.
Uncovering things that you don't know information much -- than -- do you think.
Do you think -- times as opposed to the globe.
For the -- time is thirty years ago was objective.
What you have then it was a liberal monopoly on the networks.
On the major papers on the news magazines.
The the colleges and universities.
It was they had all of a little I think we'll call the commanding heights of the culture.
The difference is that now we have a few.
Dissenting independent sources Fox News one page of the Wall Street Journal.
And talk radio and that creates an atmosphere and the Internet.
We have real ideological competition so I think it's an advantage over -- work.
Years ago all right Josh thanks very much as always we appreciate it -- tip.