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11/6/2012 6:00:00 AM
Kingman Letter: Profiting from disaster

A few weeks ago I wrote a letter to the editor asking for a fair media. This time I'm asking for a media that reports the news and doesn't use a disaster to sell products.

I have family who lives in both New York and New Jersey. I spent the whole night switching between Fox, CNN and MSNBC because they had a commercial every eight to ten minutes.

Today, I timed CNN and it was every seven minutes. Is asking for the news, not political B.S., too much to ask? FOX blames Obama for the storm, and MSNBC and CNN blame Romney.

Networks, please report the news and stop the B.S.

John G. Kirby Sr.


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Reader Comments

Posted: Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Article comment by: Nick Schmidt

Throughout evolution, mankind has
developed the alert status by the
sudden rise of adrenalin level.
That's why bad news get immediate attention, good news don't. Nobody is obliged to watch TV when civil war breaks out in
the balkans or in Syria or Mali.
Or when earthquakes, tsunamis
or hurricanes prove that life on
earth can be dangerous.
Read a good book instead of
watching commercial TV or go to
BBC World or PBS.

Posted: Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Article comment by: gun owner 000

You're not the only one who has been assaulted by political campaign commercials.
Yesterday, I tuned in to the news and ended up watching 32 minutes of local campaigning commercials...usually one candidate following the other....5 minutes of local news,, and another 20 minutes of campaign BS. I changed the channel. It's too bad the politicians aren't forced to tell the truth in these ads. If they were, we'd only see one or two political commercials all year.

Posted: Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Article comment by: Rick O'Shea

I read an article many years ago and the owners of Fox, ABC & CBS were asked many questions about their news departments. One of the questions went something like "do you feel you have a responsibility to report accurate news", most of the responses were almost the same and basically the answer was no, the news is a business and if a little sensationalism boosts ratings then we can sell more advertising space and charge a little more too our current customers, we are not a public service, we are a business that needs to make money.

Posted: Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Article comment by: Anson's Nephew

“FOX blames Obama for the storm, and MSNBC and CNN blame Romney”

Yes, FAUX News – that lies about everything, all of the time – ignorantly blames Obama for the storm, but I have not seen anyone blaming Willard the Money Hider for the storm.

Posted: Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Article comment by: Origional Kingman Resident

@G Kirby

Wow! I watch both networks that you mentioned, while I did see the commercials, I never heard anyone blame either Obama or Romney for the storm.

The only blaming I heard about was Gore predictably blaming global warming, or climate change, or whatever his latest fabricated catastrophe is.

While we have all heard Obama claim, in his 2008 acceptance speech, that his election was the day the oceans would stop rising, I think that the people over at Fox and CNN are smart enough to realize that Obama and Romney are mere mortal men and are unable to create hurricanes.

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