Fox News VS CNN VS NBC

United States
January 28, 2009 8:47pm CST
Hi, mylot users. Im here debating about the 3 major news networks. Do you think some news networks are corrupt? Corrupt as in republican or democrat based. Fox news talks mostly about liberals in a bad way. CNN seems to express democratic views mostly. NBC i think is sort of neutral. So what do you think about the news networks? Are they worth viewing? or are they just a waste of time?
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9 responses
• United States
29 Jan 09
All of them are biased. None just "tell the news". Each has their agenda and they report the news to push that agenda. Looks at this past election for proof. None of them even tried to be biased.
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@anniepa (27248)
• United States
3 Feb 09
Lil, when you say this are you referring to shows that are only supposed to just "tell the news" or those shows that are meant to be commentary and are presented as such? I think there's a lot of confusion between the two these days since the advent of 24/7 cable news programming. Few "news" shows are just news shows, if that makes any sense! Each news network has its own target audience and their headlining personalities reflect that. I don't think it's any accident that Countdown With Keith Olbermann is on opposite O'Reilly or that newcomer Rachel Maddow is opposite Hannity. We're long past the days of ABC, CBS and NBC's 6:30 news where the anchors weren't supposed to show any emotions or opinions at all. Annie
• United States
5 Feb 09
Tell me about it. I miss those days. Why can't we just get the news. I dont want to know what their slant on it is (weather repub or dem). I just want to make my mind up on how I feel about on my own using facts. Is that too much to ask?
@xParanoiax (6997)
• United States
29 Jan 09
All mainstream news aren't worth watching, in my opinion. I couldn't give a dang about bias, but I do care about accurate and detailed information...which none of them do to my satisfaction -- lots and lots of propaganda, mostly. Waste of time, indeed. I rely mostly on alternative news outlets (online) and those who surf the news in my stead for useful info (they do this mostly to help bring in the mainstream's soundoff on a subject without any of us having to waste hours andhours waiting for it nd not always having the foresight to look for it). That's the only place to get the whole truth, anymore. On the internet.
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• United States
29 Jan 09
I have always wondered if I should even watch the television news or look online. I will take your outlook on it.
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@snowy22315 (64697)
• United States
29 Jan 09
I think that the news meidas are worth viewing but I thin if you are American and want news that is more unbiased you should proably watch the BBC. That isnt what I do but that is what some people have said. I think they probably give a better perspective than what the American networks do. It's probably better.
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@anniepa (27248)
• United States
29 Jan 09
I watch mostly MSNBC because I think they have the best reporters and hosts. I think both MSNBC and CNN are pretty fair with people expressing both right and left viewpoints while Fox News is totally slanted to the right, in my opinion. When they do have a token liberal on Fox they try to show them in the worst possible light. MSNBC has on-air personalities that are admittedly liberal as well as those who are admittedly conservative. I haven't gotten my information from any study, it's purely my own opinion, so obviously there are those who disagree with me. Interestingly enough, those who disagree with me are mostly conservatives. Annie
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@Taskr36 (13923)
• United States
29 Jan 09
Actually Annie, even most of the liberals here at mylot have admitted that MSNBC is very biased towards the left. CNN is the one that I've seen most people call fair. As I said, I think they try to be fair, but are still biased. I don't know how anyone can even begin to think that MSNBC is fair unless that "tingling up the leg" is considered normal.
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@anniepa (27248)
• United States
3 Feb 09
I think people sometimes confuse hard news programming with shows that are intended to be panel discussion shows are commentary shows. Taskr, when you say something about any of the news networks whether it be CNN, Fox or MSNBC are you referring to their NEWS or to their other programming? I think any of us who watch any of the cable news networks would have to admit the line between hard news and commentary is rather blurred these days. You've brought up Chris Matthews "tingly leg" comment many times and that WAS silly but as I've asked someone here on myLot recently (I can't remember if it was you or not!) did you know Matthews says he voted for Bush in 2000 and for Michael Steele when he ran for the Senate? That's not really the point but the point is Chris Matthews isn't a news anchor. His "Hardball" show as well as his Sunday show are discussion and commentary shows. He interviews many people from both parties as well as some independents and third party members. He also has frequent guests on his show from both sides of the political aisle. I think when it comes to their line-up on prime time MSNBC is a good alternative to Fox News with the former's hosts being mostly to the left and the latter's mostly to the right. CNN is a bit more neutral but they're also a bit stale, in my opinion, which may not be fair since I rarely watch them anymore. However, do you ever watch MSNBC's other news programming, when they're not editorializing but simply reporting the news? I'll go first and admit I don't watch Fox much at all so maybe when they're just giving the news and not showcasing their on-air "talent" such as O'Reilly and Hannity they are fair. Annie
@murderistic (2279)
• United States
30 Jan 09
I prefer to watch PBS. Newshour with Jim Lehrer and BBC News are two superb news shows. I watch Meet the Press on NBC as well, also a great show. I barely watch FOX, only when there is nothing better on or I'm really interested in what the "Republican Media" is saying. CNN is equally as ridiculous as FOX, although I did like their coverage on the Gaza war, that is, until they stopped covering it after they realized it was going to last more than a week.
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• United States
30 Jan 09
Also I find that FOX, CNN, and NBC tend to dwell on celebrities and I think that is SO annoying. If I wanted the news on celebrities I'd watch E!.
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@moneymommy (3419)
• United States
29 Jan 09
I do feel the same way that CNN is more liberal and fox leans to the left. NBC I don't watch at all so I wouldn't know. I will stick with the fox news I trust them more then the others.
• United States
29 Jan 09
Yes, i do feel that CNN goes a little to the extreme also. I watch fox news mostly ,but i will try what snowy said and watch BBC.
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@ulalume (714)
• United States
29 Jan 09
Yes, I do think there is a slant. To say they are "corrupt" would be pushing it, though; seeing as they all kind of way each other out. I do, however, think Fox News is the worst of all. Often conservatives/republicans despise CNN because of it's slant, but I give CNN the benefit of the doubt because while they DO have a slant; they also have another station: CNN Headline News, where the anchors their openly say things like "I believe in God" and such. In a way, CNN has divided it's network into two stations, one more democratic in nature and the other more neutral/leaning towards the republican viewpoint. It is kind of interesting, when you think about it. And, to add, it is not just "bias" that bothers me; it is just outright hypocrisy. I expect Fox News to be held to a higher standard when their motto is "fair and balanced." I always laugh when I hear that. Its kind of ridiculous. In my case, I haven't been watching the news lately because it has mostly been election coverage. I preference CNN Headline News though, when I do watch.
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@xfahctor (14128)
• Lancaster, New Hampshire
29 Jan 09
More accuratly: "Propaganda vs. propaganda vs. propaganda" They're all becomming massive propaganda machines. MSNBC is by far the worst for this, they really are a joke, especially Olberman and Maddoff. Fox has it's share too, like Hannity and Malcom. I use news networks as a springboard for my own research and information, I look at what they report and then go research the rest of the story. I also find myself getting a lot of good information from the tin foil hat circles, once you learn how to sift through the garbage, there's still alot of good information you don't get from the main stream media.
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• United States
29 Jan 09
I watch Fox News - only. Although, in all honesty, I do feel like they lean towards the right - but I also feel like I am getting the whole story and not being lied to. I read this question last night so last night I took some time out and watched CNN and a couple other news net works. It's been so long since I even considered watching them, I wanted to find out why. I watched CNN for about 20 minutes and they were talking about the stimulus package and 'what's in it'. The criticised Republicans for not voting for it and they broke it down to show you 'what's in it'. Although, they didn't get into the details to say WHY Republicans were upset with it. There was no mention of money going to ACORN, Climate Change, The Arts - nothing like that. I don't even think I would have known about that stuff if it hadn't been for Fox News. The same thing with the other stations, things like 'stimulus package was a success even without Republican support' - but nothing more. It makes me feel, and makes other people look at Republicans as being stubborn, partisan or unsupportive. Sometimes it's not so much WHAT they report, it's HOW they report it.