As you probably know by my previous postings, I don't watch the news. Where I work, however, they have CNN on the TV in the lunchroom. Rick Sanchez has a show on at that time, and occasionally I watch a little (though with the very poor subtitles as there is no audio). Rick seems to be a pretty good guy, and is reasonably even-handed when doing interviews and so forth, so I don't fault him personally. However, I just don't get the point of the whole dang show. They like to say "it's YOUR newscast!" and that it is interactive news which is "audience driven". It seems to me that this takes newscasting's already shaky credibility and drops what little was left right down the toilet. Why on earth does anybody care what "Joe from Pacoima" thinks… about anything? I sure don't. I don't know Joe, and since I've noticed that people who call in to talk shows and so forth usually are idiots, I inherently don't trust Joe's opinion. I can get the same unqualified drivel from the myriad of blogs on the web. Um, like this one. I guess. Anyhow, my point is that it's not "news" if it's stories which seem more appropriate for Jerry Springer, focusing on the hype and trivialities, and supported by commentary from Joe Q. Public. Where's the credibility?
Oh yea, and the show is really into Tweets. BZZZZZZTTTT! Ring up no sale. Say no more, Squire!
Update: Apparently CNN felt the same way – Rick's show is no more.