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NBC the Democrats Choice

Updated on October 26, 2008

or why I'm sick of NBC News and Time Magazine


I just finished watching Tom Brokaw do his very best to discredit McCain on Meet the Press, Sunday, October 26, 2008. So I sent this to them.

I've been an NBC network fan for years. I appreciate the connection with MSN, I love many of the shows. But I have to let you know that I am about to divest myself totally of the NBC brand, from TV to Internet. Why, you might ask (although I sincerely doubt that you care)? Simply, it is the politics.

Simple me always hoped and expected news broadcasting to be level, truthful, straightforward, unbiased, and not obviously "for" a party or candidate. What makes it worse is when a network markets itself as being all those attributes and then is obviously tainted to the bone. Why not just say your network and the power vested to you by the public is FOR a candidate, or is a certain party? Are you afraid that the opposing party or candidate's supporters will not watch your network? Well, guess what, we have you figured out and it didn't take much this time. Thank God for Fox Network, if for no other reason, they attempt to keep the news in balance. The big difference with them versus you, is that they pretty much tell you up front who they are and what they stand for. If you were to do that, I could at least appreciate your position, rather than trying to ascertain if what I am hearing is what I think it is. You are like the teeter-tauter of news presentation. Unfortunately, for us to get on the other end, we would need a ladder because you have weighed down your side with your obese, biased opinions, you make the ride both difficult and unpleasant.

Time magazine is the same way. Every week I wish that the writers would just tell me what their base prospective is on politics to more quickly facilitate my understanding of what they are saying. It's like Vietnam or maybe Iraq, where the enemy is not kind enough to wear a uniform. Can you imagine a football or soccer game where everyone wore the same outfit? Besides the commentator's confusion, the teams would have a heck of a time just pulling off a play.

But, believe it or not, I actually understand. All I have to do is remember that you are a business, and that this is all about money. It's all about ratings; it's all about being top dog. Hmmmm, last I checked, you're not there, or even close. The people you hire to represent you in talk shows spend a daily amount of time literally making fun of your poor performance. And somehow, you still don't get it. Well, just keep doing what you're doing, and hope that Obama will be right there for you with the bailout plan you will need to stay alive.


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    • Uwant the TRUTH profile image

      Uwant the TRUTH 9 years ago from South Jersey

      to DCinNJ

      Actually I have watched and experienced "giving the democrats a try".  Currently, in NJ, our dearest speedster governor had a law passed to charge those business people who are trying to grow their business' a mere 2.5% tax on capital improvements made.  That is the exact kind of stuff that Obama would do, he even said so, just ask Joe the Plumber.  A recent complete rebuild of a business that cost 3 million in capital expense...the governor gets $75,000 to "spread the wealth around". 

      Oh, by the way, I lived through what Jimmy Carter did resulting in 18% inflation, I watched the integrity of the Presidency go down the tubes the two terms before Bush, and we're living with what that same Clinton did by encouraging Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae to lower their qualification standards in 1999 so he could acheive 70% home ownership, thus precipitating the subprime mortgage fun.

      My concern in not just Obama, but the possibility of a totally unbalanced state in Congress.  The checks and balances get flushed when two of the three segments of the federal government that can be biased, are.  And Tom Brokaw, that was just another chapter of a long, bad book.  I ask them to stop pretending they are not biased.  You see when you try to convince someone you are totally objective and unbiased, when, in fact you are not, us simple folk call it lying.

      So, no, let's not give the democrats a try.  It's like the old saying,"Cheer up, things could get worse. So I cheered up, and sure enough, things got worse!"

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      DCinNJ 9 years ago

      I don't know. It almost sounds like you are at the brink of not getting your way (come Nov. 4th)... politcally speaking... and want to use NBC News as the target for your firing squad. There's always going to be a bias somewhere. NBC isn't the only network that does this.

      And, Tom Brokaw shouldn't be one to blame, either. Had he wished to show the world where he stands politically, he could have revealed that via his stint as mediator in the last Presidential Debate. I don't think he showed bias to either party - he seemed pretty annoyed with both candidates for their disregard of the previously agreed upon rules.

      Obama isn't going to bring the world to an end. And frankly, I am tired of McCain backers that have been crying as such. Our country has checks and balances, so there is no dictatorship here. Although we've seen what one man, as president, can do to this country (no need to name names...I hope we all know to whom I'm referring), our rules are set so that his time in office is limited in case that person does a horrible job. After 8 years of Bush and his typical Republican policies, don't you think it might be time for a change? Let the Democrats give it a try - it can't get much worse than it already is.

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      DK5 9 years ago

      Good job. You are not alone! I believe it works against them. Things were the same in the 2004 election,same media bias,the polls had Kerry up 6 points on election day,same with Gore,heck,Dukakis was up 14 eleven days before the election and three points the day of and he got clobbered. Americans have always liked a fair fight and the media slant just brings us out in droves. 

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      blangrehr 9 years ago from Spartanburg SC

      It’s all opinion journalism, including Fox News. The internet makes this elitist, snobbish group od intellectual dinosaurs obsolete anyway. Just investigate and find your own news then form your own opinions. What makes their radical hate America propaganda better news?

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      moonlake 9 years ago from America

      I always have Fox news on...Enjoyed your hub