“We are a cancer and there is no cure,” – TV News Industry Leader

Perhaps you’ve heard that Ariana N. Pekary, an MSNBC producer, left her job without first lining up another one.

I’ve done this twice in my career as a pathologist, so I know just how insufferable a job needs to become before a person goes out on this limb and saws it off.

Ariana explains her decision on her blog: here…

You may not watch MSNBC but just know that this problem still affects you, too. All the commercial networks function the same – and no doubt that content seeps into your social media feed, one way or the other.

How does this cancer affect all commercial networks?

It forces skilled journalists to make bad decisions on a daily basis.

More specifically…

It’s possible that I’m more sensitive to the editorial process due to my background in public radio, where no decision I ever witnessed was predicated on how a topic or guest would “rate.” The longer I was at MSNBC, the more I saw such choices — it’s practically baked in to the editorial process – and those decisions affect news content every day. Likewise, it’s taboo to discuss how the ratings scheme distorts content, or it’s simply taken for granted, because everyone in the commercial broadcast news industry is doing the exact same thing.

Is this just the opinion of one disgruntled producer?

…behind closed doors, industry leaders will admit the damage that’s being done.

“We are a cancer and there is no cure,” a successful and insightful TV veteran said to me. “But if you could find a cure, it would change the world.”

In what way?

As it is, this cancer stokes national division, even in the middle of a civil rights crisis. The model blocks diversity of thought and content because the networks have incentive to amplify fringe voices and events, at the expense of others… all because it pumps up the ratings.

Here’s a heuristic worth remembering: The more you yearn to silence your opponents, the more subjective your opinions.

Unfortunately, Ariana’s resignation has been misused as evidence that a conservative bias is superior to a liberal bias.

This misses the point entirely!

Diversity of opinion sustains life.

Monopoly is life’s enemy, whether it’s an invasive species wiping out native life forms or a monopoly of opinion wiping out voices of dissent.

When google’s artificial intelligence locks you into an echo chamber of bias, it doesn’t matter which chamber you’re in. They’ve got you. You will make bad decisions because you have been rendered unable to apply rational thought to the opinions of the other side, the opinions that would normally offer you some diversity.

Diversity is the lifeblood of free will. Without it, we become puppets of google’s AIs or other totalitarian forces.

When TV news industry leaders privately admit that “we are a cancer,” and a cure would “change the world,” where can we turn?

In my humble and yet infallible opinion, (ha, ha) the cure is educating ourselves on the UFO phenomenon and the intelligent mind(s) behind it, possibly aliens of both physical and ethereal substance. Possibly “breakaway” Earthlings of some variety.

Whether or not this idea sounds completely nuts to you now, it’s nearly certain that after you’ve spent a year or two acquainting yourself with the world’s most credible UFO data, you’ll find your devotion to conservative and/or liberal politics fading into a broader perspective.

Humanity is one. Philosophical and political diversity are as essential to our survival as genetic and spiritual diversity.

Love to both sides of the aisle,

Morrill Talmage Moorehead, MD

10 thoughts on ““We are a cancer and there is no cure,” – TV News Industry Leader

  1. My husband is a political science professor so he has to pay attention to the news wherever it may come from. When he starts rattling off the doom and gloom I have to tell him to stop because I’m not interested in immersing myself in it. I’ve found little value in the news lately and that includes social media. The more I stay away from the little screens that tell me what to think and what to buy, or reminding me for the 50000th time to vote, the happier the am. I’d like to hope that most people are getting wise to the obvious media bias and are looking inward to decide for themselves about the world around them. The facts exist, it’s just more work than people want to do in order to find it. That and the fear that they’ll find out what they think is true is entirely false.

    • It’s so true. I share your hope that people will wake up to the strident AI manipulation of political content and find the joy of listening to uncomfortable facts while thinking for themselves. Yesterday I spent hours trying to discover if a certain quote was real. I had to wade through top-ranked biased political excuses, spin and denial before finally finding the original source material of the quote so I could read it for myself in context. It’s clear that someone out there hates people who think for themselves, question their own biases, talk respectfully across the political aisle and value objectivity above winning.

  2. This has been an evolving trend for many years. Sadly it’s gone mainstream and threatens to rip the fiber of the country apart. Then again, perhaps it’s merely a symptom of what we’ve been all along. I can’t tell anymore. Both sides have become so entrenched in their ideologies and unwilling to see where we actually share similar positions. Living in deep bunkers brings out the worst in everyone.

    • Yes, isolation is toxic to the soul.
      When I was a kid, my closest friends were on the opposite side of the political aisle, but it didn’t cause a problem. Today it’s nearly impossible to have even a casual friend who disagrees with your politics, unless you’ve virtually given them up like I have.
      Today’s political vibe is like the old-time fundamentalist Christianity I joined at age 14. I was required to leave my “heathen” friends behind. Shun evil companions, etc.
      I think politics has diffused into the neuronal vacuum where religion once reigned supreme (for the average American). Everyone feels they’re on morally and intellectually superior ground to such an extent that the end justifies the means. The other side is such a bunch of amoral liars and cheaters that we, the righteous and superior side, must now lie and cheat to compete. And of course, “we’ll stop all this as soon as we’ve won the war.” It’s like angry children whose mothers neglected to mention the fact that, “two wrongs don’t make a right.”

        • So true! The voices of outrage never cease on TV news. The side effects of listening include frustration, anxiety and depression. I don’t watch it.
          If the FDA studied TV news with the same blinded, controlled clinical trials they require of drug companies, the side effects of TV news would make it illegal, unfit for human consumption. I don’t think I’m exaggerating.

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