MSNBC Producer Calls TV News Operations a “Cancer”

FACT CHECK: She’s right. – Ariana Pekary, a producer at the evil, Goebbels-style fake news operation MSNBC who resigned last month, has written a parting letter in which she classifies MSNBC and other TV news operations as “a cancer” on our country.

It’s pretty hard to argue with that.

The letter, posted on her blog, accuses the network’s producers of exactly what you’d expect – choosing stories and panel guests not based on their newsworthiness but on how they might help with the ratings:

It’s possible that I’m more sensitive to the editorial process due to my background in public radio, where no decision I ever witnessed was predicated on how a topic or guest would “rate.” The longer I was at MSNBC, the more I saw such choices — it’s practically baked in to the editorial process – and those decisions affect news content every day. Likewise, it’s taboo to discuss how the ratings scheme distorts content, or it’s simply taken for granted, because everyone in the commercial broadcast news industry is doing the exact same thing.

But behind closed doors, industry leaders will admit the damage that’s being done.

“We are a cancer and there is no cure,” a successful and insightful TV veteran said to me. “But if you could find a cure, it would change the world.”

As it is, this cancer stokes national division, even in the middle of a civil rights crisis. The model blocks diversity of thought and content because the networks have incentive to amplify fringe voices and events, at the expense of others… all because it pumps up the ratings.

This cancer risks human lives, even in the middle of a pandemic. The primary focus quickly became what Donald Trump was doing (poorly) to address the crisis, rather than the science itself. As new details have become available about antibodies, a vaccine, or how COVID actually spreads, producers still want to focus on the politics. Important facts or studies get buried.

This cancer risks our democracy, even in the middle of a presidential election. Any discussion about the election usually focuses on Donald Trump, not Joe Biden, a repeat offense from 2016 (Trump smothers out all other coverage). Also important is to ensure citizens can vote by mail this year, but I’ve watched that topic get ignored or “killed” numerous times.

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Again, hard to argue with any of that.

She goes on to add that, “I’ve even heard producers deny their role as journalists. A very capable senior producer once said: ‘Our viewers don’t really consider us the news. They come to us for comfort.'”

Naturally, being a raging leftist herself, Ms. Pekary lacks the personal introspection to go even further and admit the obvious fact that the producers also choose stories and guests based on political bias, both their own and that of their guests. That dynamic is obvious, not just at MSNBC, but at all TV news operations at the national level. It is just as much of a cancer on our society, as is the refusal of leftists like Ms. Pekary to even acknowledge that it exists.

But hey, at least she managed to get half of the problem right, which is far more than any of her colleagues manage to do.

That is all.

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6 thoughts on “MSNBC Producer Calls TV News Operations a “Cancer”

  1. phineas gage - August 4, 2020

    I’ll argue with two points:

    1. ‘…my background in public radio, where no decision I ever witnessed was predicated on how a topic or guest would “rate.” –She’s a PBS lefty who is coming around but it is not all the way there yet. None of what she talks about is predicated on ratings–if it was, CNN would be seriously changing its approach. It is based on political ideology, which she evidently can’t fully admit yet

    2. ‘…Also important is to ensure citizens can vote by mail this year’ That is the most dangerous thing we face right now, and she is fully in support of that.

    1. Gregg - August 4, 2020

      Yeah Phineas, I was thinking the same thing about how she says programming decisions were predicated on how they or their guest would “rate”.

      Well if all the decisions of all the ‘news’ networks were based on how their programs and guests ‘rate’ then they are all doing a piss-poor job and they all should be fired.

      As Rush has often said the ‘news’ – especially when the big three had the total monopoly on what and how they ‘reported’ the ‘news’ – is the only ostensibly for profit business that consistently angers, insults, and fails their customers with their product and yet they still stay in business.

      Only non-capitalists could operate that way, so they are obviously subsidized (thank you Ace MaClame for making that possible to a large degree) and don’t have to do anything to improve their product in order to survive.

      Maybe that is why they are all so anti-capitalist and pro-communist. It is they only way their ‘model’ can survive. “Yes we can.”

  2. phineas gage - August 4, 2020

    As you say, halfway there. But halfway ain’t good enough.

  3. phineas gage - August 4, 2020

    This is all the proof you need about CNN:

    https://twitter.com/brianstelter/status/1290450151044251651

    Their dimmest bulb of all, playing to essentially a few thousand people at most. And yet there he stays, as Zucker’s spud-shaped poodle, because he says what they want.

    People have to understand that the cause of the ‘cancer’ in traditional media is the same as in social media–namely, the corporate elite that own these companies are socialists who are marketing a political agenda, not capitalists looking for the biggest audience. They may lose money, but they don’t care. They are playing the long-term propaganda game.

    The only way to survive is to play that same long game and beat them at it. Winning is the only cure for this cancer.

    1. Silas - August 4, 2020

      If and I pray it’s an if, we ever go CWII they all should be among the first to be brought down.
      Every damn last one of the traitorous bastards. Hung from a gallows and a sign on them declaring for all the world to see saying: Here is a traitor to their country and fellow citizens. Let all be warned this is the justice you too will receive if you choose to be a traitor as well..

      They deserve no less.

      1. Gregg - August 4, 2020

        100% agree Silas,

        Hung like Mussolini and his mistress; quick, sure and sans trial for essentially the same crime: creating misery and despair among the respective citizenry.

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