As Newsbusters previously reported, comedian John Stewart has dedicated an entire episode of his Apple TV show, Problems with John Stuart How the media reached out to Muller’s report and filled their coverage with “bull ***” and effectively turned it into a “blank-tight, closed-wall, family-style gel-gas”. But there was much more to the show as he brought in media insiders to discuss the issue and, surprisingly, sat down with former Disney CEO and ABC News boss, Bob Iger.
“The reason I chose Muller’s report for the autopsy was because they said a lot Frustration in Mueller’s report. But that frustration was the fruit of the seed they planted … “ He brought his former Fox Newser Chris Stearwalt, Shawn McLaughlin of EW Scripps and Soledad O’Brien of CNN to his panel.
Stirewalt immediately diagnosed the actual problem as a distorted stimulus structure created using an outdated rating system. “It simply came to our notice then. Death will happen if your numbers go down, so we only get one story at a time, ”he said. He said.
O’Brien agrees and blows Stuart’s mind when he informs him that major media networks can access a “minute-by-minute” breakdown of their ratings in almost real-time and helps determine what they will promote (click “Expand”). :
O’Brien: So, as long as Delta, the ratings continue to rise from yesterday, you must keep doing that story, but you have to milk it a little more. You know, you get the minute rating print out minute by minute. You know exactly –
Stuart: You get minute-by-minute rating print out on CNN ?!
O’Brien: Everywhere, not just on CNN, it’s called minute by minute. You know exactly. You can tell which story I was in when the rating went up and which story went up. Look at the end of the hour, we lost a bunch of people, whatever it was that was found out. We should never do that again.
Stuart: Will they say it clearly?
Stuart made the pieces together “Basically the news is telling us, ‘It’s not our fault, it’s your fault.’ Adding: “They are outsourcing the responsibility of news gathering and the news is saying, ‘Well, if they saw something better, we would show them’.”
He seemed shocked but suggested that something similar was happening at Comedy Central (an entertainment channel). Daily show. “[W]It develops what viewers believe, rather than researching and backing up what the audience wants, ”he explained.
At one point, while they were saying that no one wanted to talk about the lucrative system they had set up, O’Brien seemed to make a clear confession that he had made a mistake after receiving it:
I think it’s about the system, ‘Well listen I’m in the system and the system is like that and if I want to pay – keep on paying what I’m earning, which is seriously good money. Do I really want to fight against the system? ‘
During the transition from panel discussion to Eger interview, there was a clip of a production meeting for the show where an excited Stuart told the group, “We’re not going to interview anyone who runs a news department or runs a news department.”
No one on the record would talk to them and Stuart was obviously very upset. “You’re an industry that relies on transparency and access and ‘democracy dies in the dark’ and you’re saying that the lights are off and locked in a fucking cupboard and you don’t say that on camera.” He decried.
Those who gathered at the discussion, when they wanted to cover a story, called out to the media table how ruthless and angry they were with the public:
Stuart: These are the people who stand outside people’s homes after killing their child and say, “Talk to me, come out–“
Unknown woman: “You owe us!”
Stuart: “And tell us how you feel.” And they act like they hate. And then you just tell them to come forward and protect their sex business model.
Chelsea (lead author): Have you tried to get them out of the house and “talk to us!”
And it was there that the interview with Igar was picked up immediately. “Do you have any idea why they might be so reluctant to talk in public,” Stuart wondered. Igar reported it to the news agency “Being criticized in a way they’ve never felt before” and they’ve “created a little bunker mentality”[.]”
Things became a bit more exciting when Stuarts was pressuring Iger about how ratings were being shown to viewers and Iger was very defensive (click “expand”):
IGER: If you ask what happens when news agencies fail to carry things because they don’t think they will be interested in their audience. I’m sure that’s the case.
Stuart: I’m not giving examples. I’m saying it’s built –
IGER: You think it’s a regular thing.
Stuart: And not right.
IGER: Not happening – look, I’ll do it, I would argue that there are stories that are not told because there is a belief that people are not interested in them. I don’t think there are any stories that have been told incorrectly just to make them more interesting to people.
Stuart: That’s not wrong.
IGER – I’m defending an organization against the news in general. I don’t have enough
Stuart: But in the Cronkite era news was believed to be one of the most valuable institutions. Today, it’s somewhere between Congress and Herpes.
But Iger realized that Stuart had a point when the latter mentioned that even the basic format of a newscast was biased. “[T]At the top of each broadcast you first say, ‘Tonight is our top story.’ That’s the opinion. It’s thematic, “Stuart argued.
And to get that point home, Stuart Mueller brings back coverage of the report and how “they made a television show” things out of it. “It simply came to our notice then. That business model, it seems, surpasses the credibility of journalism. He told Igar.
This seemed to upset Eger a bit in reality as he admitted Many news outlets, embarrassed by Trump and the Trump era, have responded.
He and Stuart will talk about the possibility of creating a news organization that lives up to its ideals, but Iger wasn’t sure how successful it would be in terms of both financial viability and impact on the world.
Click here to read the relevant part of the transcript.