THE PROBLEM WITH LOCAL BROADCAST NEWS
May 3, 2020
By DON LANSING
Recently in 2018, a local news station purged their best and most talented anchors in a foolish reshuffle. Why did the station make such a naive decision? The answer lies in Stamford, Connecticut, where the station (recently bought out by a predatory cable company), really calls home. Out of town news hacks riding a corporate carousel play a game of "newsical" chairs. Jumping from one network to the next, these out of touch and out of town carpetbaggers not only fail to understand the markets in which they operate, but also invoke the worst kind of universalism in news broadcasting through their mundane uniformity, twisted profiteering attitudes and ideological evangelization.
Some of the anchors with whom the network parted way were favorites of the Orlando area for decades. But corporate media hacks living in Stamford wouldn't know how residents in Central Florida feel about their favorite anchors and reporters. To be fair, this attitude runs rampant across the news industry but that does not vindicate the perpetrators of these perverse practices as justified in their motives or less responsible for their actions.
A major cause for the Orlando Sentinel's descent into irrelevance derives from the same misguided practices that stem from corporate control and lack of local connections. The media machine transformed from a devolved and independent set of networks into a cartel of greedy and fear-mongering propagandists.
In just a short matter of time, Spacex and NASA will be once again launching Americans into space. While they are up there, let's bring our media back to Earth again.
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