From: Lan Fleming <lfleming6.nul> Date: Wed, 18 May 2005 22:12:57 -0500 Fwd Date: Thu, 19 May 2005 09:48:19 -0400 Subject: Re: How To Crack Weird Space Cases - Fleming >From: James Smith <zeus001002.nul> >To: ufoupdates.nul >Date: Wed, 18 May 2005 10:04:56 -0400 (GMT-04:00) >Subject: Re: How To Crack Weird Space Cases >>From: Lan Fleming <lfleming6.nul> >>To: UFO UpDates <ufoupdates.nul> >>Date: Sun, 15 May 2005 15:26:09 -0500 >>Subject: Re: How To Crack Weird Space Cases <snip> James Smith's comments seemed to suggest that the news media would find UFO stories irresistable because of the surefire ratings they would get (further implying that they don't cover UFO stories because there's nothing to cover). Not to get too deeply into non-UFO politics, but after I responded to that message, it reminded me of the circumstances surrounding the cancellation in 2003 of the Phil Donahue Show on MSNBC (the same outfit that's picked up Oberg's stuff). http://www.fair.org/activism/savage-donahue.html >But this enthusiasm for a "wide range of strong, opinionated >voices" rings hollow in the wake of MSNBC's firing of host Phil >Donahue. (FAIR's founder, Jeff Cohen, worked as a senior >producer for Donahue.) His show was cancelled despite having the >best ratings on the network; this occurred, according to >published reports, after a study commissioned by NBC described >Donahue as "a tired, left-wing liberal out of touch with the >current marketplace" who would be a "difficult public face for >NBC in a time of war" (All Your TV, 2/25/03). "He seems to >delight in presenting guests who are anti-war, anti-Bush and >skeptical of the administration's motives," the report noted, >warning that the Donahue show could be "a home for the liberal >antiwar agenda at the same time that our competitors are waving >the flag at every opportunity." As much as the big media corporations may love ratings, they seldom stray far from the rest of the herd. The other media conglomerates were waving the flag, so MSNBC, too, had to wave the flag and cancel their highest-rated show. Similarly, the news media as a group do not treat UFOs as a serious subject, so no single news organization is likely to do so. As demonstrated by the MSNBC comments on Donahue, a herd mentality explains quite well how certain subjects tend to get one-sided coverage if they get any at all; no "conspiracy theories" need raise their ugly heads.
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