Letters to the Editor

Sunday, March 21, 2010 at 10:45pm

Networks dropped the ball

Once again [this time on Sunday, March 21] I was appalled when I turned to the local stations in an attempt to see the evening newscasts. As usual, I found that the CBS Evening News had been pre-empted by sports and that NBC News was as well. ABC News, on the other hand, had the good sense to show an actual newscast.

On this momentous day in history [with the passage of the health care bill], one might think that someone at CBS or NBC would have had the good sense to preempt their beloved sports in favor of the news. But, once again, we see that they believe that people playing with a ball is more important than our nation's future!

Kudos to ABC News, which truly carried the ball.

John Mark Browder, 37211

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254 Comments on this post:

By: brrrrk on 3/21/10 at 11:24

Really? Are you that surprised? Ever since all the major networks turned news (originally something that was intended to be something of a public service) into just another profit center, network news has gone to pot. We should all demand that the networks, at least the ones that use our public airwaves, go back to doing news as a public service. Hell, if you can't make a profit during the other 23 1/2 hours than you've got a real profit. But hey, that's corporate America for you...

By: brrrrk on 3/21/10 at 11:25

"Hell, if you can't make a profit during the other 23 1/2 hours than you've got a real profit. But hey, that's corporate America for you..."

I meant to say real problem, instead of real profit.

By: dooley on 3/22/10 at 1:24

There was plenty of other coverage . If you were watching MSNBC , CNN or CNBC the bill passed . if you were watching Fox ????

By: house_of_pain on 3/22/10 at 4:43

Cry me a river.

By: dargent7 on 3/22/10 at 6:28

I guess if you're going to be pissed off at something, TV station's programming decisions are a good start.
I, personally, was upset it rained all day Sunday, after two back to back beautiful days.
Watching Congress try to pass the Health Care bill should be preserved on tape and used for a substitute for waterboarding. It is shear torture.

By: govskeptic on 3/22/10 at 6:48

Sorry your area of town has only 1 channel! Wednesday will be a good day
to watch grass grow or paint drying if time is available. NPR will give a
blow by blow review today.

By: Funditto on 3/22/10 at 7:01

I'm certain if the stations had covered the debate instead of March Madness the complaints would have outnumbered this fellas.

GREAT DAY in AMERICA! Should I spit on a Tea Party person if I see them to show them how it feels?

By: Funditto on 3/22/10 at 7:05

Get yours today:

http://www.cafepress.com/+yes_we_did_rectangle_magnet,326581563

By: gdiafante on 3/22/10 at 7:21

Considering that they didn't even vote for the bill until close to ten, I wouldn't think the evening news wouldn't be that important, unless you wanted to sit and watch a bunch of posturing and well-rehearsed rhetoric.

At one point I thought the minority leader was going to start laughing during his "dramatic" speech. Even he knew he was full of it.

By: gdiafante on 3/22/10 at 7:23

s/h/b only one "wouldn't"....it's Monday, give me a break...

By: dargent7 on 3/22/10 at 7:29

Gd: Another grammatical error: ...."Even he "knew" he was full of it"....knew should be spelled "yewe", a female sheep.

By: Funditto on 3/22/10 at 7:30

Did they have a quota on how many times they used the word "abortion?"

By: dargent7 on 3/22/10 at 7:39

What's truly unbelievable about the "vote" was 100% of all Republicans voted NO, and 100% off all Democrats voted YES. Ethically, morally, It's an impossibility unless on the planet Vulcan.

By: house_of_pain on 3/22/10 at 8:05

gd, how about that 6 game streak for the Preds? Lookin' good.

By: gdiafante on 3/22/10 at 8:10

Yeah, yesterday's game was something else. They seem to be coming together.

The ironic thing is that we hoped that if they got the 4 or 5 seed we'd play someone besides SJ or Detroit...but since Phoenix just caught SJ, we'd play the sharks if the playoffs started today.

Go figure.

By: slacker on 3/22/10 at 8:13

dargent, I believe 39 dems. voted no, 1 repub. voted yes.

By: gdiafante on 3/22/10 at 8:15

...and one yelled "baby killer"

By: slacker on 3/22/10 at 8:16

dargent, correction that's wrong.

By: slacker on 3/22/10 at 8:19

my numbers come from a 2009 vote. I'm a non-credible time traveler.
But a great dresser.

By: Kosh III on 3/22/10 at 8:21

"...and one yelled "baby killer"

Probably someone who was a big cheerleader for Bush's war to liberate Iraqi Oil which killed a few hundred thousand innocent civilians in the process.

By: JohnGalt on 3/22/10 at 8:22

I've seen things that actually merited Knotted Knickers® before, but the subject of this letter certainly is not one.

By: slacker on 3/22/10 at 8:24

This LTE author, needs TV care enacted by congress, to buy him cable service.

By: dooley on 3/22/10 at 8:41

I believe the actual no of Dems. who voted no was 34.

By: bfra on 3/22/10 at 8:46

If he had been on Channel 2, as it was raining, he possibly could have seen Davis Nolan talking about all the "hail" (when there was none). Nolan must have a phobia about "hail" and sees every raindrop, as hail on a regular basis.

All channels should run regular programming, with a caption at the bottom of the screen about weather, unless a very dangerous situation exist.

By: gdiafante on 3/22/10 at 8:52

They just like to play with their weather toys and make people think they know what the hell they're doing.

By: bfra on 3/22/10 at 8:57

g - Right! They grandstand better than anything else. But, Nolan is pathetic about hail, when there is none. Maybe he thinks that makes him sound tough, in the weather peoples circle! LOL

By: Dragon on 3/22/10 at 9:00

By: dargent7 on 3/22/10 at 7:39
What's truly unbelievable about the "vote" was 100% of all Republicans voted NO, and 100% off all Democrats voted YES. Ethically, morally, It's an impossibility unless on the planet Vulcan.

Final vote count was 219-212 on the Senate Bill (34 Dems voted no) and 220-211 on the reconcilliation bill (33 Dems voted no).

The Senate version will be signed into law, probably tomorrow. After that, the Senate will take up the reconcilliation bill.

By: dargent7 on 3/22/10 at 10:06

Anyone else want to just smack Mitch McConnell in the face with a fly swatter?
That sour puss commits to use all his legislative powers to de-rail the bill.
A massive coronary seems in order for that guy.

By: gdiafante on 3/22/10 at 10:44

Actually, Darge, after watching some of the debate, I think it's fairly safe to say that they all are an embarrassment.

By: dargent7 on 3/22/10 at 10:44

Check out today's The Tennessean front page "comments". Nothing like a little socialized medicine, potentially saving 45,000 Americans a year, to get the hoi polloi up in arms. 290 "comments" and it's only 10:45am. It may hit 500 by 3:00pm.
The local Klansmen have to be besides themselves.
Townies, Birthers, Tea Baggers...all lost this big one.
Obama will wax these hoes come 2012, and what will the Republicans do with their vitriole, hatred, and self-centered time on their hands?
Polish their guns and go to a bar to engage in a gunfight, hopefully..

By: Loner on 3/22/10 at 10:47

Good morning, Nashville!

The LTE author must not have Cable or the Dish. CNN had full coverage of the vote, as did Faux News. Google News kept up with the story, updates were frequent.

The networks that aired the jock-strap events are keeping the masses placated...if you're glued to the tube, you aren't in the streets protesting. The spittin' mad teabagger protesters were not watching TV.

Caesar understood this, he built the Colliseum and financed the games. The Roman citizens demanded free bread and free circus (panem et circum) in order to win their votes.....today, the games are televised and the bread is in the form of food stamps and entitlements.

The Dems will be forced to produce credible witnesses who can credibly claim that the new plan has worked for them. The GOP is already looking for witnesses who will claim that "Obamacare" has ruined their lives.

These "Joe, the Healthcare Consumer" types will be trotted out more and more as the fall election draws near. The party that can produce the most credible and convincing "Joes" will win in November. It's all grand theater...kick back and enjoy the free popcorn.

By: gdiafante on 3/22/10 at 10:52

I wouldn't be so sure that Obama/Dems will clean house, Darge. The public are a fickle group...they tend to buy fear rather than hope. It wouldn't surprise me to see the GOP win big in 2010.

Unless the economy/unemployment improves vastly, Obama's a one-termer.

By: Loner on 3/22/10 at 10:55

D7, Sen. McConell and Sen. Bunt are just acting out Kentucky's long-simmering frustration with Washington. They resent losing their slaves in 1863, in spite of their staying in the union. From that time unti the present day, the majority of white people in KY have felt betrayed by the federal government. They want compensation for the losses that their white supremacist ancestors suffered....it's stuck in their craw....so to speak.

By: dargent7 on 3/22/10 at 11:06

OK, I'll bet two Detroit Red Wing tickets on this in 2012:
Obama dug in deep, staked his whole 1st term on this health Care reform.
He won.
The GOP will fight it every step of the way. But, they'll be exposed as the hypocrites they are. Want another war? Vote GOP. Want to save people here at home? Vote Democrat.
In 2012, who do they have? Palin, Bachmann, Romney, Huckabee, Gingrich?
Obama's been vetted. Those ass**oles I itemized have more skeletons in their closet than one can count. Some, if not all, have several screws loose.
ObamaCare helps the 31 million middle class UNinsured. That will be an insurmountable voting block in 2 short years.
Obama is a 2-termer.
I'll stake my Red Wings AND my Lions on it. Pistons, too.

By: sidneyames on 3/22/10 at 11:09

Mr. Browder said "But, once again, we see that they believe that people playing with a ball is more important than our nation's future!"

I have just logged on. I have not read any comments up to 10:55. So I am posting this as a wild hair: r. Browder, people in washington are not playing with a full deck, however, they are playing with balls! Each others!

I, for one, looked into my crystal ball and saw the health care train wreck coming, as did millions of tax paying, hard working Americans. It' s sort of like little children who misbehave. The more a parent scolds and begs, the worse the little child can become. The "governing body" is the child. The louder we have said "no" the more the child has gotten out of hand.

So, I'm glad I got to watch a positive game of sports. It sure beat the train wreck in D.C.

By: sidneyames on 3/22/10 at 11:11

D7. when we save that 45,000, will we then have enough jobs to put their "saved" selves to work.

Welcome to America! Home of the Cowards and the FREE: Free lunch, free rent, free cell phones, free cars, free mortgages, free shoes, free t.v. connections, free internet and NOW free insurance as well as health care! Goodness gracious, why am I working for a living? I'd be better off on the gov-ment dole!

By: gdiafante on 3/22/10 at 11:13

Darge, just because the Dems won the vote doesn't mean that the reform will work. I don't even think it takes effect for a couple of years.

In 2006 everyone was sure that Hillary Clinton would get the nomination, how'd that work out?

You can't really predict something that far in the future. Besides, your Wings and Lions tickets have as much value as a happy meal.

By: Kosh III on 3/22/10 at 11:16

sid
Don't forget all the billions in welfare checks to the wealthy and the military-industrial complex. E.g. 7 million a year to the Preds, how much to Dell? how much to Halliburton?

By: gdiafante on 3/22/10 at 11:18

Nice try with the preds, but they generate much more than 7 million in taxes and revenue for Davidson County each year.

By: dargent7 on 3/22/10 at 11:19

Sidiot: For someone who bows before the altar of your "pets" as if they were Hindu gods, your comment last week, "bury them" (sick and dying Americans) shows your lack of any depth besides that of a fast food joint.
Americans cannot use the ER as a doctor's office, yet they do. They then file for Cpt.7 for an appendectomy, toncillectomy.
45,000 a year die w/o any adequate medical care..
And nit-wits like yourself get lead in your pencils when Iraqis can vote......
....vote in an election bought and paid for, propped up by the USA government.
As usual, you make no logical sense.

By: dargent7 on 3/22/10 at 11:20

Gd: I'm giving the new Lion, Kyle "You Lookin' at Me?" Vanden Bosch your home address.

By: sidneyames on 3/22/10 at 11:29

In 2012, who do they have? Palin, Bachmann, Romney, Huckabee, Gingrich? asked by D7. I'm running for Prezidente

Dd7 said "Sidiot: For someone who bows before the altar of your "pets" as if they were Hindu gods, your comment last week, "bury them" (sick and dying Americans) shows your lack of any depth besides that of a fast food joint." You didn't read my last pet facts: I beat the dogs regularly; deny them food and shelter. AND I am sick of the cat not being able to clean his own litter box.

I have NEVER received a single cent from the government. WISH I could opt out of Medicare and their phoney senior citizen health care.

For the first time in 62.5 years, I am sick of this country, it's politicians, both dems and reps, and will no longer dialogue on the matter.

By: gdiafante on 3/22/10 at 11:33

"For the first time in 62.5 years, I am sick of this country, it's politicians, both dems and reps, and will no longer dialogue on the matter."

Then get out.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 3/22/10 at 11:39

good morning.

By: house_of_pain on 3/22/10 at 11:40

Is it still morning? D@mn daylight savings time BS...

By: slacker on 3/22/10 at 11:41

I don't know how the nov. elections will sort out, but this new entitlement is going to cost everyone that pays taxes, a lot of additional taxes.
If you are ok with that fine, its a day for you to celebrate. But remember, the ones who pushed this, told you it will reduce your insurance cost. Surely nobody really believes that, but maybe so.

By: Loner on 3/22/10 at 11:42

The Nashville Preds get 7 million per year from the taxpayers? Gd claims that they generate more tax revenues than they consume....I doubt that very much.

What the puck is wrong with you folks? If it's true, and the citizens of TN (or just Nashville?) are picking up the tab for grown men with sticks barnyard wrestling on ice, then Smashville's priorities have been hijacked or jimmied by special interest groups.

By: gdiafante on 3/22/10 at 11:43

We get it Loner, a jock gave you a wedgie. Happens to nerds all the time, you need to get over it.

Also, you know very little about Nashville and no, posting here everyday does count.

By: gdiafante on 3/22/10 at 11:44

s/h/b does not count.

By: house_of_pain on 3/22/10 at 11:46

I love having pro sports here. IMO, I'd rather tax money be used for something I can appreciate, instead of the crap they're passing off as public art around here.