Huw Edwards making clear his views about some of the more 'commentary' style of TV news in the States...
That clip is embarassing - really not how you expect a news presenter to behave. And one problem Domestic has is that some anchors - looking at Cuomo and Lemon here- act like they are the news and seem to use it as their own personal amdram audition.
However, I think it's easy for Beeb presenters or supporters to just air a clip like that and pretend that's all US news output and that the UK broadcasters are perfect (certainly the BBC News Channel is far from that these days).
Yes US cable news can be a partisan free-for-all but I think CNN is one of the more palatable cable news outlets and on both Domestic and International they have plenty of superb presenters and correspondents annd those like Lemon are not the rule.
I do like the fact CNN has shown a bit more bite and seen their role as journalists as being 'facts first' and pointing out when false statements are made which is something journalists absolutely should do.
One frustrating thing about UK news output is the 'both sidesing' of arguments when it really isn't warranted (e.g. Nigel Lawson being used by Today to debate climate change) and not really criticially examining or challenging arguments and just the overall timid feel of it all. Some of the coverage of Brexit has been pathetic at times and it's honestly infuriating to watch the likes of Ash Shakar, Tom Harwood, Claire Fox, Isabel Oakeshott, Brendan O'Neill etc being wheeled out time after time to just spout absolute partisan nonsense unchallenged.
If a politician is talking nonsense, a journalist should absolutely be able to point that out to a viewer and to highlight the reality and facts. If the news is just there to blindly say 'X said this, Y said that' without context there's not much point to it - news should be highlighting too what the context is, why something is important and if what this person is saying is accurate and explain it to viewers.
Jeff Zucker does get a lot of criticism on here but recent months have shown that when big news breaks (particularly on the political side) or big events take place people do flock to CNN which wasn't always the case in years past. Its more brash but still largely journalistically strong style these days seems to help it stand out more in a way it didn't a while back.
That said with a Democrat president in a few days interest may wane in CNN from viewers if the news itself starts to finally get less exciting and with less material to work with they may start to lose that style that's worked for them in recent years. The best way to try and keep it is to still be 'facts first' but to apply to whoever is saying something whether it be Democrat, Republican or anybody.
Last edited by BFGArmy on 17 January 2021 11:36pm