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Fox News Live Desk is laughable

Written by Ced Kurtz on .

 This may be a little off topic, but I guess cable TV news qualifies as technology.

While I was at the gym the other day, I was forced to watch the Fox News channel because it was on the TV above the piece of exercise equipment I was using.

The show that was on was called Live Desk. What a joke. First of all, the program is one giant commercial for Fox News with a scanty bit of news thrown in. And the news they cover is almost exclusively crime, diasasters and scandal. The format is that the anchors, who chat about the news among themselves, walk around the newsroom to various "producers" sitting at monitors. They ask them, with much breathless urgency, what's going on and the producers tell them what they are covering.

In one such scene, North Korea had announced something about its nuclear program. The producer pointed out that Fox News was covering speeches by President Bush and the two candidates to see if they commented on the development, but then never reported what any of them said about it or anything else. So what we learned was that Fox News covers stuff.

In another case, the producer at the national news desk said he was covering A Britney Spears appearance in court. He said they were trying to get a report on what Britney was wearing. Give me a break.

Technology has brought us 24-hour news coverage. Unfortunately it often seems to be a contest to see who can hit the lowest common denominator. 

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