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Proof that news is controlled by a central script writer.

We are kidding people.  This is how the news industry has worked for decades.  To save time and money on staff, local stations rely on the wire services for many of their national stories.  When the clips are spliced one after another it appears more sinister than it really is.  There is no conspiracy here.

Just comedy.



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I don't know if this is worse, but if you look at the readers partners, there seems to be some sort of prompt that tells them to shake their head and smile or some other variant.
Feb 26, 2013 at 6:55 AM | Unregistered CommenterSKINFLINT
Now I suppose we know what Obama was talking about when he said "I will have more leverage after the election".

Before the election I didn't believe O was trying to destroy America, I thought he was just incompetitent.

This is no act of an incompetitent.
Mar 14, 2013 at 9:34 PM | Unregistered CommenterBackgammon
Here's another video from Conan with more of what looks like this centrally planned script writing

Starts at about 1:22

Mar 15, 2013 at 2:42 PM | Unregistered CommenterJeff Simpson
Excellent find, Jeff. These clips destroy any claim or even doubt that MSM news is more tightly controlled than a toy poodle on a short leash, all the way down to the local level. The TV audience's uniform laughter at the clips is the stuff of psych textbook legends.
Mar 16, 2013 at 2:29 AM | Registered CommenterCheyenne

I have been looking for this particular video for a long time , which clearly shows collusion between various news channels , but it wont play here in ireland ( uploader hasnt made available in your country ) , I have used other you tube channels ( using the title) but none will work , same message repeated all the time ? Is there a way of uploading this again....... please
P.s. My friends think im nuts when I explain that MSM is just propaganda. Love your site.

(Note From DB: Sorry, it's a Youtube rule, we have nothing to do with it. And please read the comments below to understand how the news industry works. The news itself might be propaganda but it's not a conspiracy. They get the story from the wire services - Most likely AP, and everyone prints it verbatim. This was supposed to be comedy, not grounds for another false conspiracy. Sheesh.]
Apr 27, 2013 at 4:24 PM | Unregistered Commenterphilip
For what it is worth. My wife teaches a mass media class and has taken her students to local cable and broadcast companies to watch how the news makes it to screen. In these stations are news feeds from UPI AP and the feed from the corporation that these channels are affiliated with. The producers decide which stories are aired. I would assume anything that is newsworthy at corporate would make it in tonights headlines. The script is already written and is that much less that they have to do in house.
Apr 27, 2013 at 4:38 PM | Unregistered CommenterSKINFLINT

Exactly correct. You nailed it. And it's been this way for a long time. I worked for CNN in Washington starting in 1987 as a sports and Moneyline intern and it was the same back then. Amazing how so many people see something like this and have ABSOLUTELY no idea how the news industry works, and immediately assume it's a MSM conspiracy of some sort. I posted this clip because it is FUNNY, not because it shows some sinister media conspiracy.

Thank you for providing some sanity.
Apr 27, 2013 at 4:53 PM | Registered CommenterDailyBail
This is how the news industry has worked for decades. To save time and money on staff, local stations rely on the wire services for many of their national stories. When the clips are spliced one after another it appears more sinister than it really is. There is no conspiracy here. Just dozens of local stations using the same AP story.

It's just comedy.
Apr 27, 2013 at 5:09 PM | Registered CommenterDailyBail
Sorry DB, should have read the top before commenting. However it was good dinner time conversation here at our house and an instrucition to the kids. Sort of.
Apr 27, 2013 at 5:12 PM | Unregistered CommenterSKINFLINT

It wasn't there before. Your comment is what spurred me to add the new text at the top. I realized after reading Phillip's comment about a MSM conspiracy that I had better put something in the story pretty quickly explaining how this works. You nailed it.
Apr 27, 2013 at 5:17 PM | Registered CommenterDailyBail
For a second there I thought I was a dick. My wife is home now and I guess I will find out just what a dick I am now.
Apr 27, 2013 at 5:22 PM | Unregistered CommenterSKINFLINT

Tell her you love her and that it was a conspiracy.
Apr 27, 2013 at 5:27 PM | Registered CommenterDailyBail
Dear DB ,

Thank you for replying so quickly and for the info from yourself and Skinflint . I am aware that most media outlets read from the same source and this was the reason for my request , to show friends that news that is mainstream is mostly from one or two sources. I didn't mention a conspiracy at all ? , just wanted a reference article as an example , i.e. mainstream in Ireland will tell people that economy is showing signs of improving ( its not ), Ireland will exit its bailout with IMF and TROIKA it cannot , our banks are insolvent ( reference Reggie Middleton ) etc , etc . No conspiracy , just a reference article.
Thanks for clearing up the youtube items.
P.s Love your work on boston , when everyone else was shouting conspiracy .
Apr 27, 2013 at 9:44 PM | Unregistered Commenterphilip
Let me get this straight.
Network affiliates all over the nation all report exactly the same story, in exactly the same words, using a script from a single author. These affiliates are usually owned by a 'media group', a conglomerate of investors who control entire regions of print, audio, and video media in their respectine territories.
Years ago, it was commonly decided by these media groups that they would only allow the 'official' news to be used, as provided by the central scriptwriters (the given reason being that it would 'save them money').
It's always the SAME stories, by the SAME scriptwriters, read by actors who pretend to be 'journalists' on T.V..
Of COURSE, that isn't a conspiracy, is it?
The less-used definition of 'conspire' applies:
2 to act in harmony toward a common end <circumstances conspired to defeat his efforts>

To deny this fact is to deny common sense.
Apr 28, 2013 at 1:39 PM | Unregistered CommenterMontgomery Scott

Here's a challenge. Purchase the local CBS Station in Indianapolis. Now, you just said you don't need access to the AP, UPI and other wire services. You have an operating budget of $3 million annually, and since you don't want to use the wire reports or any shared stories, you will need to hire 4 extra reporters and 4 or 5 extra writers, spread out over your several daily newscasts. So you just added about $1 million to your operating budget. And you will go out of business within a year.

But thanks for playing.

We have some parting gifts for you backstage.
Apr 28, 2013 at 1:57 PM | Registered CommenterDailyBail

You are right. You didn't mention conspiracy. My apologies. Sorry, if I sounded harsh. I'm just having fun here. And thank you for the compliment on our Boston coverage. I have tried to be fair and objective and present stories from both sides.


Same apology to you if you're offended. Just having fun in my responses here. No hard feelings whatsoever. And I understand everything you are saying about media companies who own multiple local stations, etc. But for my entire adult life, I am 47 now, news has worked this way. I started at CNN in 1987, when it was still a baby, and had NO competition in the cable news space, and that's how it worked back then, and still works now. I suppose local stations could just stop covering ALL national stories but then their viewership would dwindle. It's a no-win situation for a station manager. Use the wire services or have a shitty newscast? Which would you choose?
Apr 28, 2013 at 2:19 PM | Registered CommenterDailyBail

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