One of the many disappointments of cable news programming is what I call “screen clutter”. Between the network logo, the show logo, the news crawler, the date and time, and the guest’s name and title, there is not much room on the screen for the show itself.
Further, this morning on Morning Joe, they were talking about the morning newspapers, like they do every morning. So yet another portion of the screen had certain headlines from papers around the country. All of this screen clutter is annoying. But here’s the real issue. What they had on the screen for headlines made absolutely no sense.
Picture it, in the lower left quadrant of the screen was the logo of a newspaper, like the Washington Post logo, and then underneath that a headline from a Page 1 story in that publication. Here are a few examples verbatim. Tell me if you know what the heck these “headlines” are talking about:
1) Mountaintop Mining to get more environmental scrutiny, Obama officials say” (Washington Post)
2) Rate Rise: Clouds Recover (Wall Street Journal)
3) Fed Emails Bash BOFA Chief Lewis (Wall Street Journal)
4) Russians Outfox U.S. in Latest Great Game (Wall Street Journal)
5) Chocolate-Bunny Case Reaches High Court (Wall Street Journal)
OK, I’m not necessarily a news hound but I like to think I keep up with most of what’s going on in the world. BUT I DON’T KNOW WHAT THE HELL ANY OF THESE “HEADLINES” ARE TALKING ABOUT. I checked my calendar to see if it was April Fool’s Day, but it wasn’t. I have a DVR so I went back and watched it again. And then again. And then on the last time I wrote them all down because I couldn’t believe what I was seeing. I shouldn’t have to go to each of these publications, or do a Google search, just to understand what the headline means or is referring to. And the wording and subject matter is so ridiculous that I already don’t CARE what they are talking about. I think I finally understand what phrase “East Coast Media Elite” means.
Somebody help me!