The older you get, the more nuance you start to see in the world. After the age of about 25, most people start to understand the there isn’t really such a thing as ‘good or bad’. There’s better, worse, and a lot of grey in between.
Reporting the news – probably one of the biggest responsibilities institutions in a civilized society have – is duty-bound to translate those complexities to the public. Good journalism conveys the totality of an issue, and the best leaves its audience to make up its mind. Except if you are CNN, that is. The news corporation has gone from dumbing politics down to a “who’s up and who’s down” basis, to an even more infuriating “good or bad?” prism that literally divides events into things that are “good” and things that are “bad”.
Management at CNN has clearly sent a memo to all its reporters and anchors telling them to follow this protocol in an attempt to make the news more digestible for short attention spanned audiences. The result? A “Network” style parody of the news masquerading as actual news that is now so ridiculous it can’t really claim to be a journalistic institution.
Watch Jon Stewart tear into the network in a hilarious segment that will leave you wondering what the hell is going on with “The Best Political Team on Television”:
Ben Cohen is the editor and founder of The Daily Banter. He lives in Washington DC where he does podcasts, teaches Martial Arts, and tries to be a good father. He would be extremely disturbed if you took him too seriously.