WEDNESDAY, MARCH 31, 2021
...with the return of transcripts?: Has MSNBC begun to flirt with the return of transcripts?
It's possible that The One True Channel has! Yesterday, we found a transcript for Brian Williams' program from Monday night. Today, we found a transcript for last evening's Last Word!
The practice still seems to be hit-or-miss, unlike the channel's journalism. But transcripts may be making some sort of a comeback, perhaps due to popular demand!
Transcripts may be making a comeback; the channel's journalism continues to lag. The overstatement will be general, the fidelity to Storyline pure.
Last night, the channel's leading star devoted her first 27 minutes to reports that Republican congressman Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) is being investigated for a possible crime. Gaetz is a gruesome propaganda machine, but let us repeat what we said:
The star discussed anonymously-sourced reports that Gaetz is being investigated. No charges of any kind have been filed. No one has any way of knowing if any charges will ever be filed, or if Gaetz is actually guilty of the alleged conduct.
At any rate, so what? The cable star burned 27 minutes on this report of a probe of a single congressman. All too typically, the first 17 of those minutes were devoted to the crackpot behavior of a tangential Florida figure who seems to be an associate of Gaetz.
As innocent children drown in the sea, we liberals were entertained in this manner—with 17 minutes of "cable news" clowning concerning the weird behavior of this tangential non-Gaetz guy.
In truth, this was pure entertainment. It was clowning all the way down.
On The Last Word, Lawrence devoted less time to this topic, but we were amused by something he said. We decided to go transcript-hunting, and there a transcript was!
In all honesty, almost all of cable news has been turned into propaganda. Tribal viewers know what they're going to hear when they go to their favorite channel, and that's exactly what they hear when they happily get there.
Transcripts may be making a comeback. Journalism, not so much!