May 26, 2010
Luis R. Miranda
Every so often I hear from readers, family members and friends about a problem I have because I only write, talk and worry about serious current events. So I thought it was a good opportunity to break the tradition and make them all happy by writing something different. It is still about news, but less important than the usual issues I write and talk about. This is my first list of Worst News Presenters. So let’s get right to it!
Coming at number one is Countdown’s Keith Olbermann. He has earned his place on this list given his hypocritical double standard. Mr. Olbermann went from being my favorite news presenter to being the worst in only one year. Although he rightfully criticized former president George W. Bush and even asked him to resign, he seems to think that Obama can do everything Bush could not do. Rendition, torture, violation of Habeas Corpus and freedom of speech do not seem to be important anymore. If Obama does it, it is acceptable.
On number two, I have placed MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow. Ms. Maddow has championed an insatiable appetite for criticizing conservative views regardless of them being right or wrong. Her show has become another Countdown. She also strongly criticized Bush’s illegal policies, but now is an avid defender of Obama and the same policies she once strongly criticized. After Obama got to power, she seems to fill her show up with Democratic National Committee talking points. Just as Olbermann, she could not keep her stance on the issues and turned ‘the news’ into useless partisan politics.
The number three spot is for Fox’s Sean Hannity. Mr. Hannity could easily be occupying the number
one place, however, given his unchanging positions I reserved this spot for him. There is no lack of hypocrisy from his part, though. He has been critical of Mr. Obama’s tenure in the white house when it comes to government spending, socialization of health care as well as of cap-and-trade and the global warming fraud, but there has not been lack of deception from his part. He still continues to agree with the neocon views of invading countries, murdering millions of people and then rebuilding those countries for the sake of Democracy and Western values. As many others at Fox, he also agrees with the military helping to take care of the poppy fields in Afghanistan.
Coming on number four is Glen Beck; another strong candidate to occupy the number one place. In fact, the only reason why he is not there, is because there are other 3 worse television presenters. Beck has managed to deceive most of his audience, which apparently is composed by conservative people. I say deceive, because although he strongly criticizes the Obama administration for all their lies and crimes while lifting the patriot movement, he also calls tea party members and other unhappy citizens dangerous criminals who may, at any moment, try to assassinate the president or cause terrorist attack in the United States. He usually interviews and congratulates Ron Paul, but calls his supporters lunatics, dangerous and kooks.
Number five is good old Bill O’reilly; or as Olbermann would call him Bill O’rally. O’reilly is one of those
Sean Hannity types who supports and believes in neocon policies like war and nation building for the sake of saving face. He supported all of Bush’s Constitution-murdering policies, but hypocritically dismisses sound economic and financial policies. He is quick to point out that taxes need to be raised and created to pay for the government’s gargantuan deficits, although he calls himself a conservative. The no-spin zone is an everlasting spinning capsule that accommodates his ever-changing views according to what is kosher. ’Billo’ used to be a real reporter many years ago, but the millions he gets paid together with his cowardice and egotistical personality changed his good work for the crap he calls fair and balanced reporting. That is why is officially the list’s pin head.
Next on the list is Chris Mathews, also from MSNBC. Mr. Mathews, a sick follower of politics and politicians is the hardest working news presenter when it comes to keeping the audience inside the left-right paradigm. His show is a never-ending salad of talking points propelled by a bunch of talking heads who, instead of improving the program, simply make it unwatchable. It is liberal against conservative galore. Never watch Hardball, as he calls his show, if you are looking for independent, objective views on current events. Since Hardball is mainly an opinion mouth piece, there is nothing of substance. Instead, it is plumped with baseless attacks between guests and up to the minute lies on current affairs. Mr. Mathews’ intoxicating, obnoxious on-air personality makes him a strong candidate to become number one of this list. On the positive side, Chris Mathews does not label himself fair, balanced or anything of the sort.
There are a number of careers that can be taken on without a college degree. With other careers, getting a college education may be
an option, depending on what the job is. And then, there are those things you learn on the fly and simply wing them. All of this is contained in our number 7 title holder: the Mika and Joe morning comedy show. Also known as Morning Joe, this program is an example of everything that is wrong with news and journalism today. It is a combination of three egos: Joe’s, Mika’s and the other dude, who wants to be like them. Oh, yeah, his name appears to be Willie Geist. It is the typical smart-looking, cute face, funny dude show-biz combination. As I said, these presenters are all that is wrong with news and journalism. First, going by their bios, they don’t appear to be journalists, at least not with a diploma. And believe me, Journalism is one of those professions you cannot wing your way around. Although there are some people who ‘make it’ without going to school in the current news business, these three fellows are not examples of them. Take it from me, a 14 year professional journalist. By the way, is Mika the daughter of Zbiniew Brzezinski?
Towards the end of our list -at least for now- we have CNN’s Kyra Phillips. Although she is simply impossible to watch and pound for pound worse than the previous seven presenters, I decided to give her a break. The reason for this is that she is not a lady with an agenda, but simply a news presenter. She is one of those who seats at the booth or desk and reads the prompter no matter what. As an example of why she occupies a position in this list is her latest gaffe on live television. She had the nerve to conduct an interview about whether or not homosexuality was in need of a cure. Of course, she was just reading the tele-prompter, ‘the news’, doing her job. Watch the video here. She then allowed a guest to compare homosexuals with sexual predators. That guest was a former homosexual as he called himself. In one sentence, she is just sad to watch. By the way, she changes looks come and go like seasons.
The last two spots in the count are reserved for two of CNN’s best known faces. Number nine for Anderson slick Cooper. Mr. Cooper
is the anchor all the girls fall for. However, that does not save him from making this list, because just like all other previous presenters, he is a man with an agenda. Cooper is one of the most prominent heirs of the Vanderbilt Empire. Yeah, don’t let the Cooper side make you think he is just another “Joe”. He is on the way to becoming the ‘most trusted’ man in Americas news industry; that is if you trust Pentagon written news or Skull&Bones. And one little secret that CNN does not want you to know about Mr. Cooper: He trained at the CIA.
Lastly we have an old timer at CNN. Who doesn’t know Larry King? The veteran show-biz presenter has been fading away through the years not only due to the quality of his show, but also because he refuses to quit. Part of the refusal may be because CNN has arranged he does not quit until it is physically impossible for him to present his show. Unbelievably, Larry King Live continues to be one of CNN’s top shows. No wonder the network is dead last. The problem with King, or Lawrence Harvey Zeiger, as he was born, is not necessarily himself, but the quality of the content he talks about. That is why I put him last on my list.
So this is it folks. I hope you enjoyed my list of worst presenters. And for all of you who enjoy real news rather than insignificant personality-oriented crap, I promise I won’t do it again!