In this edition of THE BIG RANT, Chris and Andre focus in on the steady decline in news viewership and the seeming increase in the number of "infotainment" shows designed to combine traditional news stories with humor.
Along the way they discuss a recent Axios article highlighting the fall in cable news ratings, the shift from news anchors and traditional journalists to tv personalities as hosts of longstanding news programs, the supposed need for sensationalism in news coverage, "bad news fatigue," and the consolidation of news outlet ownership.
Ultimately, the guys explain why they feel this is a bad trend for society as a whole and how this shift has led to people feeling that being aware is the same as being informed.
Want to learn more about the clips shown or topics discussed? Here are links to everything we talked about or referenced in this episode:
- Reliable Sources: Grim news makes people feel 'powerless.' Here's how to change that. (CNN)
- New Day: Ex-Dem state senator on how Biden can fend off potential 2024 challengers from within part (CNN)
- Nina Turner (Wikipedia)
- The Daily Show with John Stewart - George W. Bush In His Own Words (Comedy Central)
- Last Week Tonight with John Oliver - Data Brokers (HBO)
- Index of US Mainstream Media Ownership (Harvard)
- Washington Post (Wikipedia)
- CNN (Wikipedia)
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