Future Plans

recreating the mass media

recreating the mass media (Photo credit: Will Lion)

I plan on continue writing posts on a bi-weekly bases. There is always going to be skew in the news. Also, I plan on adding more links from different networks such as CNN to get another perspective on the different stories that is happening around the country and the world.

Writing this blog opened my eyes more on how the media reacts to different stories. All media have a goal and that is to reach out to their particular audience. When the media does this they are alienating potential viewers that are interested in what the media is saying but does not like how they are attacking the guests on their show.

All in all, skew in the news is everywhere. The media portrays a story in a certain way to engage the audience and makes sure that their story is the correct one.  For example, there will be skew in the news if President Obama picks Senator John Kerry to become the next secretary of state. Also, there will be skew in the news when the U.S. Supreme Court makes a decision on same-sex marriage. Each side will make a case for their position.


The PR War

Barack Obama

Barack Obama (Photo credit: jamesomalley)

President Obama and the Republicans are going to the constituents and they are explaining their plans to the public.

President Obama has a better message then the Republicans. Obama does not have to worry about infighting within  his own party. Speaker Boehner has to make sure that every person in his caucus is happy or his fellow members could turn on him.

There are Republicans that are starting to go along with the President Obama’s plan, but many are not. Speaker Boehner needs to make sure that he is listening to both sides of his party or he could lose his gavel.

On Fox News, Sean Hannity had Ann Coulter on and talked about what Republicans should do about their image. Ann Coulter said that the Republicans should go along with the President’s plan for “PR reasons”.

On MSNBC, The Rachel Maddow Show, Maddow was discussing how Republicans need to do about their reaching out to different voters. If Republicans do not reach out to different ethnic groups then they will continue to lose.

What do you think the Republicans need to do to make a better PR campaign? Do you think Speaker Boehner will lose his speakership if he goes with the President’s plan?


Tax (Photo credit: 401(K) 2012)

A few Republicans have begun to caving into the idea of tax hike for the top 2% Americans.

The Republicans that have said they are considering on going along with the tax hike, say that if there is enough cuts in entitlement spending then they would along with the tax hike.

On Fox News, Sean Hannity had  guest Ann Coulter on and were talking about the decision that some Republicans are caving into President Obama’s plan. Ann Coulter was discussing that the Republicans should go along with the President’s plan. Coulter believes that Republicans should go along with the president’s plan to save their reputation on the media. Hannity was arguing that Republicans need to stick to their principles on to give into the media.

On MSNBC, The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell, O’Donnell was discussing that he was agreeing with Ann Coulter that Republicans should go along with the President’s plan.

The Democrats believe that Republicans should go along with the President’s plan. While Republicans do not want go along with the plan. Even though a few Republicans are caving into the President’s proposal there is still many that do not like the plan. Republicans and President Obama need to come up with a compromise or everyone’s taxes will go up.

What do you think the Republicans should do?

 If President Obama and the Republicans do not compromise on a deal by next year then the country will go over the cliff.

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President Obama’s Plan

There is still no deal on what to do about the fiscal cliff. President Obama’s proposal on the fiscal cliff is to add $1.6 trillion dollars in new taxes, $50 million dollars in new stimulus package and to cut $500 billion dollars from Medicare and entitlements.

Official portrait of United States House Speak...

Republicans’ Plan

Republicans did not like the presidents plan and criticized it. Everyone suspected that the Republicans would react this way. The president put his plan out so that the Republicans can come up with their own plan on what to do with the fiscal cliff. Republicans put out a plan on December 3, 2012 and it shows $2.2 trillion in deficit savings over the next decade, including $800 billion from tax reform, $600 billion from Medicare reforms and other health savings, and $600 billion in other spending cuts.

The Media’s Viewpoint

On MSNBC, Ed Schultz talked about how John Boehner criticized the White House proposal. Schultz criticized Boehner because Schultz believed that Boehner does not understand what is in the White House proposal.

On Fox News, Bill O’Reilly criticized the President’s plan because it does not give specifics in what kind of spending cuts are going to take place.

Both MSNBC and Fox News are criticizing their opponents plan. What is your reaction to the different plans?

Susan Rice, US Ambassador to the UN.

Susan Rice, US Ambassador to the UN. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

United Nations Ambassador Susan Rice has been considered a top choice to become the next secretary of state. Critics are saying that Susan Rice is not qualified due to her comments of what happened in Benghazi, Libya.

U.S. Senator John McCain and U.S. Senator Kelly Ayotte argued that Susan Rice is not qualified to become secretary of state. The senators believed that the comments that Susan Rice gave to the country was a lie and that Rice should explain why she said those comments.

English: John McCain official photo portrait.

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After their meeting with Susan Rice, the three senators were still disturbed on what happened in Benghazi. On MSNBC Lawrence O’Donnell, criticized U.S. Senator John McCain and U.S. Senator Lindsay Graham on their take of Susan Rice.

On Fox News, Sean Hannity criticized Susan Rice and believes what the senators were saying about her.

Do you think their comments are fair? GOP Senators Just Met With Susan Rice About Benghazi, And It Did Not Go Well (businessinsider.com)

Ever wonder what it is like to work in a TV studio? The TV studio is a place where everyone is trying to get organized and make sure that the footage is coming out good. There are different positions in a TV studio where each member has an important role.

Outside the studio room is where the anchors sit. The anchors job is to tell the public what is happening in the world.

The camera operators are also an important aspect to the studio. Camera operators have to make sure that the angle is perfect and that the person or picture is not off frame.

In the studio there is an audio technician. That person’s job is to make sure that the audio is perfect and that the person that is talking can be heard.

 Also, in the studio are the producer, the director, technical director, teleprompter, and the graphics.

In front of the studio are TV monitors where the director and the producer can see if any changes needs to be done. That way if there were any mistakes it can be fixed right away.

Now you know what is like to work behind the cameras. That is how we get our skew in the news.


Great post Combat Babe! When you write “If you watch the news, local or national, the “talking heads” are using cues given to them by the station on how they should deliver a story; subtle nod here, barely noticeable grimace there, head tilt here, inflections and tones of their voice.” it tells that the anchors are not giving the information correctly because they are being told what to say. You can see this with Fox News and MSNBC. Both Fox News and MSNBC are reaching to certain audiences and are skewing the story so that the audience will listen more and not to change the channel. Take a look at my skew in the news blog and see the difference between MSNBC and Fox News. Once again great post!