TV News: Infotainment & Political Mudslinging By Another Name?

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No Show Policy

We have a fairly strict no-show policy--RSVPing but not showing. Members that no-show will get a warning email on their 2nd no-show, and be banned on their 3rd. No-show includes canceling within 24 hours.

While this may seem draconian, it's very hard to organize a group when we can't predict attendance. Restaurants are reserving a space for the promise of a big enough order, and when there's a waiting list, no-shows prevent others from coming.

We understand stuff comes up, just send an organizer a message if you got a flat tire, stuck at work, or cut a finger off at shop class.



References for Discussion

http://bit.ly/1g8qRkh

http://bit.ly/1eHJT3H

http://bit.ly/1fn4Yij

Except for the occasional PBS shows, the spirit of Walter Cronkite, Huntley & Brinkley and even Ted Koppel may have come to an end.

A few years ago CNN made Michael Jackson's death the major news story for at least one week and during a period covered the story to the exclusion of everything else. During our recent storm, local news interrupted national programming to show us long lines of cars and repeating the same comments bad traffic and slippery conditions for hours.

Is this what we ask for in TV news? 

Is this what is hoisted upon us whether we like it or not? 

Has the perception of what constitutes news changed? 

Do stations like Fox and MSNBC provide more than commentary and political posturing? 

Do we mind these channels as a part of our television landscape? 

Are two minute sound bites on issues of interest to us enough for us or do we desire more detail?  

What alternate news sources can we consult when these become unsatisfactory or if we want more information on an issue?


The rules for this meet are simple:

1. Be civil 2. Be on time 3. Stay on topic 4. Speak to the moderator to reply and not to the last speaker if you disagree.

5. Read and watch the materials before attending for context and understanding.

6. Be ready to talk and share. This is a "no wallflower" zone.

7. Order food and/or drink to keep us being invited back.

8. Be prepared to stay for the full session or please un-RSVP

For those who are a bit leery of the “no wallflower zone”  I’ll make a deal with you.  For your first meet, simply introduce yourself and I’ll call on you only once with one question.  No doubt you’ll feel comfortable for future meets and you’ll be able to fully participate without fear. 

See you there!




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  • Susan L.

    Steve was a great leader. Kept group in order and was totally knowledgeable. Knew his stuff. Was a good group too.

    March 31, 2014

  • Nancy W.

    I apologize but I just saw the email posted at 0956 that I was off the waiting list and schwduled.i apologize but if I had known earlier I would have been more than happy to attend.

    March 30, 2014

    • Steve

      I understand when this happens.

      March 30, 2014

    • Nancy W.

      Thanks Susan and Steve for your understanding. I hope to join y all for a discussion soon.

      March 30, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I can't make it, maybe next time.

    March 30, 2014

    • Steve

      Please try to un-RSVP within 24 hours of the event. We had a wait list.

      March 30, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Steve does a great job! He introduces interesting comments on his topics and keeps us (me) from straying.

    March 30, 2014

  • Steve

    John Stewart on CNN Coverage of Malaysian airplane. http://thedailyshow.cc.com/videos/6lqtfn/the-curious-case-of-flight-370

    March 28, 2014

  • Susan

    I truly believe that the spirit of :Walter Cronkite, Huntley & Brinkley, & Ted Koppel, is gone. Sad to say, there is really no unbiased news anymore. Yes, Fox may have a political slant, but they do try to have different viewpoints on. Until recently, I never listened to Fox News, because anyone I hung out with would immediately label you ...just fill in the blank for yourself. Quite honestly, I now do objectively listen to Fox News, and I truly find it refreshing. They let the people know what is going on in the country and the world, even when they know they will be bashed as right wing nuts! In my opinion, when all other newscasters barely reported the massacre of our servicemen & our own Ambassador to Benghazi, I lost all faith and credibility of the news reporters /stations in our country. I believe that someone has bought $$ them all out.

    March 24, 2014

  • Susan

    The mighty dollar talks the loudest, and can silence many once idealistic and honest newscasters in our country. (:- We, the USA, deserves better!

    March 24, 2014

  • Steve

    Study of TV News Scrapped by FCC http://bit.ly/1ce6vZe

    March 6, 2014

  • Steve

    Why are the 'talking heads' always angry? http://bit.ly/1hjmnbW

    February 24, 2014

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