Humble Rants 28 November 2012

Posted Wednesday, November 28, 2012 in Opinion

Humble Rants 28 November 2012

by Robert Skoglund aka The humble Farmer

We read that two employees of a Bangor TV station have resigned because “the balanced journalistic approach they use for all their stories was sometimes frowned upon.”

To hear that an on-air personality is pressured by management should brings tears to the eyes of any patriotic American.

In a letter below the article we read that, “The left hates Fox News because they report the truth. Nielsen ratings also shows that fox ( national ) news has been number 1 in ratings for the past ten years.”

Being the number one football coach proves that Sandusky did not cuddle little boys.  Owning the number one television station proves that Rupert Murdoch only reports the truth. Are you surprised that up until a recent hour Murdoch has not been awarded a Nobel for his integrity?

Some say that owning the media is no more than a license to manufacture any truth that suits you.

Harboring these suspicions, do we not have to question much of what we read?

Could it be that the problem at the station is not how the news is reported but the intolerable pressure of micromanagement?  --- The need of the manager to run the whole show from writing the ads, printing the tickets, raising the curtain, performing on stage and then selling popcorn at intermission? Even if every person at the station shares the same political philosophy, wouldn’t jumping through hoops trying to please a micro manager boss soon wear thin? If this is so, we should be surprised that the folks who quit lasted as long as they did. And --- it might well be that one or the other was to be fired the following week. Who would know from reading the paper?

Perhaps the news at that station is not slanted. And if that is so why do we read in the New York Times that “the general manager of television stations WVII and WFVX, ABC and Fox affiliates in Bangor, has told his joint staff of nine men and women that when ‘Bar Harbor is underwater, then we can do global warming stories.’”

“Until then,” he added. “No more.”

This is encouraging. Because when lobster catchers are setting traps on the top of Cadillac Mountain we can expect to have objective journalism from Fox in Maine.

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