Newscaster or Opinioncaster

When you listen to the news or a sportscast or any other kind of “reporting”, take after a debate for example, would you rather hear the person’s opinion that’s reporting it or do you just want the facts as they are?

I quit listening to the CBS World News when Katie Couric started broadcasting because I can’t stand how she gives the news via her opinion. I don’t care about her opinion. I just want to hear the world news so I switched to ABC.

Paul and I have watched WCCO for as long as I can remember and really only watch any other channel if it’s running late or something. We have up until this year LOVED Mark Rosen. He’s the sportscaster and we honestly have loved this guy our whole lives.

I know for a Minnesota sportscaster, the last year had to have been hell. All our teams except the Minnesota Lynx, who won the championship, did HORRIBLE. AND they did horrible last year. It didn’t take a rocket scientist to know the Vikings had a lousy 2 years and this last one was a doozy. The Vikings sucked but was worse was the way Mark Rosen told us this day in and day out during every single newscast. It really turned us off.

He also has a Sunday night program that’s a MUST in our house but it did get really tiring listening to him. That show we had control over whether we watched it or not but I take offense of the news.

When I listen to the news, I want to hear the news and not what the person delivering it to me thinks about it. Just the news. Otherwise, it’s not really the news is it? Doesn’t it then change to a show like Entertainment Tonight?

Do you find people you watch tend to tell their opinion more than the facts and does that bother you?

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9 Responses to Newscaster or Opinioncaster

  1. Laura says:

    Gotta say, I’m probably the wrong person to ask this. I don’t watch TV News at all, unless I’m looking for something – usually the weather. And we don’t have cable, so a lot of the “news” reporters that people complain about, we don’t get.

    I will say, I’ve noticed it a little bit when I listen to the radio. I have the radio on most of the day around here, mostly for background noise. I do listen to Rush, but I expect opinion there, so it doesn’t bother me. But occasionally, the guys who give the ‘top and bottom of the hour’ news updates will sneak in their opinion. Not so much in an “I think this or that” kind of a way, but just the way that they present the story. I can’t give a concrete example, but when you hear it, you can recognize that it’s their opinion sneaking in, and not complete facts. And yes, that really irritates me. ESPECIALLY if I disagree.

    • Joy says:

      We do have a dish but I only watch the local news and just the world news on CBS. Don’t you think they should have to tell the news the way it is?

      • Laura says:

        I think they should ALL report it just straight, and keep their opinions to themselves. It’s easy enough to have your own blog, on your own time, if you want your opinions heard that badly.

  2. Sue says:

    I HATE this about TV/newspaper/radio newscasters! It is not your job to give opinions (especially yours!), it is your job to give the people the daily stories with all the facts and present it in a way that is unbias. Opinions of unimportant people are reserved for talk shows not the 10pm news!

  3. SKL says:

    Yes, this is why I do not watch news. It is not news. It’s selective reporting with spin. If I want to know other people’s opinion, there’s a time and place for that.

    I check different internet news sites for top headlines, and when I get time (which is rare these days), I will read in depth from sources I trust. I know there is spin everywhere, but at least I get to choose which spin to invest my time in, and if I have doubts about how objective a reported “fact” is, I can do some more research.

  4. Nikki says:

    We don’t watch the news often, and when we do it’s because I saw a story I wanted to see, or to watch the weather. Our sports news we get from the MLB Network or ESPN, and they often give their opinions, but they always give the facts. For instance last night, one of our favorite baseball talk show, Intentional Talk, was previewing the 2012 MN Twins. I was nervous, thinking they’d say we had no shot, but it was complete opposite. I know going in, it’s their opinion, based on facts and numbers. There is a HUGE difference between, a “Talk” show and the news. If I sit down to watch the sports segment of the news, I expect nothing but the facts and numbers. Not their opinion.

  5. Karen Joy says:

    I usually watch our 6pm local news and they give the facts,not opinion.I dont think they shuold be giving an opinion,whichever news it is,only the facts.Their job is delivery news only!I’ll watch a talk show if I want to hear others opinions.

    • Karen Joy says:

      MM.I see I need to prove read!LOL!Im to much in a hurry:(

    • Joseph says:

      Yeah the one private local broadcaster is good. Even funny at times with teh side comments to certain stories (not opinions).
      The state broadcaster is not as unbiased. It definetly has it’s opinions infused thru their news.

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