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News 14 Carolina/Soviet TV: Time Warner Newscast Promotes Time Warner Caps

Phillip Dampier April 22, 2009 TWC (see Charter) 12 Comments
News 14 Carolina or Soviet TV News Circa 1977 - You Decide

News 14 Carolina or Soviet TV News Circa 1977 - You Decide

Rarely do you encounter a news clip that is so overwhelmingly biased, one-sided, and utterly stunning in its conflict of interest as the one that follows from News 14 Carolina, which resembles a report straight out of Soviet TV’s Vremya newscast, circa 1977.

This “report” consists of a Time Warner-owned newscast anchor reciting Time Warner talking points, and then follows up by interviewing the director of media relations for Time Warner.  No challenges, no follow-ups, just that pasted on smile and bobblehead nod.  Don’t break a sweat with all of that hard reporting there, and I wouldn’t hang around waiting for the Edward R. Murrow Award anytime soon.  At the very end, as a casual aside, viewers are informed the entire report was one giant corporate family affair.

The Greensboro market -is- savvy.  More savvy than Time Warner thought, anyway.  They said no to caps and gas gauges.

But one last question to viewers down there. If you’re getting news from this operation, why?

thumbs-down1Are you kidding me?  Time Warner should have paid standard commercial rates for this.  If a reporter or anchor is really not serious about presenting a balanced report or newscast, don’t do one.  This is why people get cynical about broadcast journalism.  An obviously clueless anchor, the very definition of “conflict of interest” reporting, and a blasé disclaimer coming at the end, results in a journalistic train wreck.  The only reason I didn’t put a whole row of thumbs-down here is the possibility that perhaps someone had a gun trained on her under the desk.  Good night and good luck!

Currently there are 12 comments on this Article:

  1. Rick says:

    How am I ever going to get properly “Re-educated” if I don’t have the stomach to listen to the BS?

  2. jr says:

    We need to take the fuzzy math courses where 150 is less than 40

  3. Samson says:

    LOL. Everybody in Greensboro knows Channel 14 is a TWC cheerleader.

  4. Tim says:

    News 14 “is” owned by TWC so there is your reason for bias. News 14 can only be seen on TWC. You can’t get it over the air or through a satellite service. Only cable subscribers receive this news channel.

  5. djhack1639 says:

    Yeah, it’s a TW owned station – like R-News in Rochester, I can’t really fault them for using their own mouthpiece to their own ends. They also included the ‘parent company’ disclaimer at the end of the broadcast – that probably should have been at the beginning.

  6. PMM says:

    Coming up next on The Official Time-Warner Cable ™ Evening News — why Hulu is the worst website ever, and why we need to force it off the internet before it drives down TWC’s profit margins! After the commerical break! Stay tuned!

  7. David says:

    I mean I check it for the weather, its not like time warner is gonna tell me the weather effects bits and bytes, and sometimes when a breaking story happens that I only catch the tail end of I’ll hop over there, but then again my tv is rarely on because I’m either in class or online, but yea weather seems to be it, since navigating news channel websites are just annoying chores and I haven’t gotten used to the weather channel.com yet.

  8. Josh says:

    “Time Warner Cable, by the way, is the parent company of News 14 Carolina”

    LOL… NO KIDDING!

  9. DOWN_with_TWC! says:

    That was painful to watch.

  10. Greg says:

    I would imagine that many of the other media companies are starting to get a little pissed at TWC. TWC just keeps giving the FCC reasons to finally make some rules in the consumer’s favor. TWC is certainly not the only media company pushing propaganda and biased news but they haven’t been as smart about it as the rest. The other’s at least try to make it a little less obvious.

  11. James says:

    LOL @ the TWC mouthpiece network’s parrot piece.

    “It’s like overage charges for cel phone use.” No, actually it *IS* overage charges. Which oddly enough, many cel phone providers have found to be less popular over time. Hmmm. Party like it’s 1996 with TWC!

    The 84% figure seems so ridiculous, ‘course they will “never share the raw data” on that…

  12. Simon says:

    Hey James…. did you know that 95% of statistics are made up on the spot?

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