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HANDBOOK OF TELEVISION NEWS EDITING

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Now, I have never heard neighbors talk about editing of news in the superpower democracy. Has television news editing become self-censorship shielding and diminishing the impact of government mistakes and blunders?

The television networks have been profitable and it may not be in their interest to provide detailed and legitimate criticism of government, for the terms of its operation could be altered by Congress reducing their profitability. Also access to government officials could jeopardize reporting. One of the most important influences of news editing is how society will change, the pace of change regarding the environment, foreign and domestic policies including war, health care, education and the kind of laws that are enacted. Television news inhibits constructive political change with a docile and indifferent focus on government mismanagement and lapses.

The following are bird's eye examples of news editing observed in a rigged two party system promoted and profited by the television networks.

1. Media conglomerates have arisen to buy television networks; they buy them without any time restrictions or obligation to provide blocks of time for free campaign debates among candidates. Television news is often more a partner or parrot to government than a questioner or examiner or prober, such as (a) not challenging official deceptive unemployment statistics based solely on those receiving unemployment benefits, (b) enormity of financial industry bailout commitment topping $23 trillion dollars and its implications (c) glossing over endemic lobbying linking elected officials and lobbyists for favorable legislation that increases profits or grants often at the expense of the public. The lack of sufficient government regulatory oversight over the financial industry is only briefly reported on network television.

2. There is minimum television news on how the two political parties go to extraordinary measures to disqualify independent candidates who do not meet their criteria for participation. Often everything is politicized from the point of view of the two parties on television news programming and those who fall outside this narrow political party prism are generally excluded from television news programming, the Supreme Court and government officialdom. The two political parties have used their prerogatives of power to designate favorites to retain power through subsidies, grants, contracts and favorable legislation, for example, in the petroleum, agricultural, financial, pharmacy, airline and insurance industries. The American people are sometimes not favorites, for universal health care becomes a financial obstacle and burden that is mishandled to provide medical coverage to Americans while the endless war on terror has unlimited trillions of dollars available to spend. The concept of incessant political favoritism to preserve power is reminiscent of extravagant ancient monarchies bestowing land grants and monopolies which have "the rotten sweetness of corruption"- from the movie The Big Sleep.

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