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BS: Are these news stories or commercials?

Wesley S 02 Aug 07 - 02:17 PM
Ebbie 02 Aug 07 - 03:00 PM
HouseCat 02 Aug 07 - 03:39 PM
Liz the Squeak 02 Aug 07 - 03:40 PM
Amos 02 Aug 07 - 03:45 PM
maire-aine 02 Aug 07 - 04:14 PM
RangerSteve 02 Aug 07 - 09:53 PM
Wesley S 03 Aug 07 - 09:48 AM
The Fooles Troupe 03 Aug 07 - 11:11 PM
Little Hawk 03 Aug 07 - 11:19 PM
SharonA 04 Aug 07 - 02:54 AM
Little Hawk 04 Aug 07 - 01:48 PM
Wesley S 14 Aug 07 - 05:53 PM
Folkiedave 14 Aug 07 - 06:08 PM
artbrooks 14 Aug 07 - 06:24 PM
SharonA 14 Aug 07 - 07:20 PM
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Subject: BS: Are these news stories or commercials?
From: Wesley S
Date: 02 Aug 07 - 02:17 PM

I'm not sure if this is happening anywhere else – you tell me. I've noticed over the last several months that on the nightly local news broadcast that the content of the stories has been changing. "Health" stories about a doctor that is offering a new breakthrough in liposuction. Or a doctor that has a new way of getting rid of cellulite. The other night we were even treated to a "news story" about a new blueberry flavored non-coffee drink at Starbucks. And all of these "stories" are followed by news anchor telling us that we can find out more details by going to the links offered at the news stations website. These are nothing but product placement ads. Is this happening anywhere else other than north Texas?

I know that the news has been dumbed down – but this is a new low. I've checked out the other channels in the area and they do it too. But the station I'm used to watching is the worst. It's bad enough that when you see a movie that the actors have to have conversations in front of Pepsi machines. This is going too far.


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Subject: RE: BS: Are these news stories or commercials?
From: Ebbie
Date: 02 Aug 07 - 03:00 PM

Wow. I've never seen anything like that. I think that somebody has to be informed that it is not acceptable. Futuristic stories don't seem so over the top amd unbelievable these days.


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Subject: RE: BS: Are these news stories or commercials?
From: HouseCat
Date: 02 Aug 07 - 03:39 PM

We have the same stuff going on here in AL! The other night, a "breaking news" story was for a new department store going in. And they report EVERYTHING about Starbucks. I told TomCat, "Surely there's something REAL out there they could be reporting?" I wonder how much they're making off this? I'm thinking of emailing the TV station over it.


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Subject: RE: BS: Are these news stories or commercials?
From: Liz the Squeak
Date: 02 Aug 07 - 03:40 PM

Not sure about the US, but certainly in the UK, there are Broadcasting Standards Agencies you can apply to for rulings over this sort of thing. To my mind they are more than subliminal but not actual blatant advertisements, and therefore, more dangerous.

Try a Google for American Broadcasting Standards and see what you find.

Or just turn off the TV and work your way through all those CDs you've not played for ages!

LTS


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Subject: RE: BS: Are these news stories or commercials?
From: Amos
Date: 02 Aug 07 - 03:45 PM

SHoot the idiot box, and you'll be far the better off for it. Why voluntarily subscribe to a mind-meld with a sewer? Get away while you can still think for yourself!!


A


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Subject: RE: BS: Are these news stories or commercials?
From: maire-aine
Date: 02 Aug 07 - 04:14 PM

I've seen some of that on my local stations in southeast Michigan. What bugs me more is the teases about "something you need to know for your health" that's not broadcast until 20 minutes later, but you have to sit through 73 more commercials until they get to it. I refuse to hang around. If it's important for me to hear it, they d***-well better get to it quickly.

Maryanne


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Subject: RE: BS: Are these news stories or commercials?
From: RangerSteve
Date: 02 Aug 07 - 09:53 PM

It happens here in Jersey, where I get the NY and Phila. stations. Both cities are doing it. It's almost welcome in the Philadelphia news, where there have been 245 murders in that city this year so far. The frivolous stuff is a welcome break.


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Subject: RE: BS: Are these news stories or commercials?
From: Wesley S
Date: 03 Aug 07 - 09:48 AM

That's what they count on Steve { along with counting their money }. Who wants to hear about another battle in Iraq when we can watch a model get a laser skin treatment. And yes - that was last nights story just before the weather.


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Subject: RE: BS: Are these news stories or commercials?
From: The Fooles Troupe
Date: 03 Aug 07 - 11:11 PM

That game has been on here in Oz for ages - "It's Infotainment"!!!


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Subject: RE: BS: Are these news stories or commercials?
From: Little Hawk
Date: 03 Aug 07 - 11:19 PM

Hey, come on, folks...you're not supposed to notice that the programming on TV is just a way of entertaining you, keeping you drugged, hypnotized, and complacent, and getting you to go out and buy stuff!

What are you people, dangerous radicals? Subversives? Troublemakers?

Or are you......terrorists???


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Subject: RE: BS: Are these news stories or commercials?
From: SharonA
Date: 04 Aug 07 - 02:54 AM

RangerSteve is right about the Philadelphia television news broadcasts (with regard to both the ads-within-the-news and the mounting murder rate in the city).

Also, it really irks me when a minute or two of the local news broadcast is devoted to a rundown of the schedule of shows that will appear after the broadcast -- complete with a graphic image of the list using the same design used for a news story's statistics or printed quotations. The TV station's schedule is not news!!!! (At least that's what I scream at the tube, but it doesn't listen.)

Another thing they do is to advertise upcoming health-news stories, within the news broadcast AND in commercials spattered about each day's programs, telling us in vague terms about some health crisis we need to have them tell us how to treat or avert -- and then telling us to tune in to a news broadcast that will air hours later or even days later! It boggles my mind whenever I see one of these teasers during a noon news broadcast (where they spend time presenting an encapsulated version of the problem or issue) and then watch a so-called news anchor spend time saying that the full report (including the remedy) can be seen during the 11:00 p.m. newscast. What a waste of their time and mine! As far as I'm concerned, it's not "news" if they don't give us the whole news story. I can't begin to guess how dangerously I'm living because I haven't been home to watch the late-night news, and all because the TV station was more concerned with its late-night ratings than with dispensing information earlier in the day (or week!).


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Subject: RE: BS: Are these news stories or commercials?
From: Little Hawk
Date: 04 Aug 07 - 01:48 PM

Well, it's all about ratings. The sponsors (advertisers) will pull their ads if the ratings aren't high enough. This means that TV programming will inevitably slide down, down, down into an ever more contemptible commercial morass as time goes by.

And that's why I basically stopped watching TV by the late 80's. I'm addicted to the Internet instead. ;-) At least when I'm on the Internet I am not subjected to commercial interruptions every 5 minutes, and I get to do and say something, rather than sitting helplessly like a sponge in front of the TV and simply passively receiving whatever the rotten little machine deigns to toss my way...


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Subject: RE: BS: Are these news stories or commercials?
From: Wesley S
Date: 14 Aug 07 - 05:53 PM

The "news" story from the other nights broadcast: Dunkin' Donuts will now be selling their ground coffee at Walmart and Kroger.


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Subject: RE: BS: Are these news stories or commercials?
From: Folkiedave
Date: 14 Aug 07 - 06:08 PM

Don't have a TV. Never had a TV.

Much better.


Dave


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Subject: RE: BS: Are these news stories or commercials?
From: artbrooks
Date: 14 Aug 07 - 06:24 PM

Well, I get my local news from the newspaper and never watch the "broadcast" TV stations ("x" because they come in over cable), so I have missed this phenomenon...or maybe "missed" is the wrong word. Try writing your TV news department and suggest that you will do the same if they don't change the direction their programming is heading...assuming that they can read, of course.


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Subject: RE: BS: Are these news stories or commercials?
From: SharonA
Date: 14 Aug 07 - 07:20 PM

...assuming that they can read, of course.

Considering some of the typos I see in the graphics of the local TV stations' news broadcasts, I have to wonder about that. Sometimes the newscasters pause while reading their teleprompters, looking slightly puzzled, and I can just guess at how badly botched the spelling is in those reports!

When I first moved out of my parents' house into an apartment of my own, I didn't have a television for more than two years. Didn't miss the drivel, but I did miss other things like the baseball game broadcasts. The day that Pete Rose passed Ty Cobb's record of all-time hits (Sept. 11, 1985), I caved and bought a TV. I remember that I was driving home from the store with it, listening to the Phillies game on the radio, when Rose set the new record -- auuuggghhh. At least I was able to watch the replay... on the late-night news! (See, the news shows are good for something!)


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Subject: RE: BS: Are these news stories or commercials?
From: SharonA
Date: 14 Aug 07 - 07:31 PM

Oops. Just had a bit of a brain fart there: Pete Rose wasn't playing for the Phillies in 1985; he was back with the Cincinnati Reds. I do remember listening to the radio, though, when Rose made the record-breaking hit... I guess they must have mentioned it during the Phillies broadcast since Rose was a former Phil.


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