With News Networks, Nothing Trumps Trump
September 21, 2015

In the KNCO Radio newsroom in Grass Valley, there is a TV in the corner. It's always on during business hours. The Sacramento news is on in the morning, the channel is left on for The Today Show and then Live with Kelly and Michael, and occasionally we'll turn on a ball game. The rest of the time, though, it's on CNN, which is supposed to be a news network after all, but lately it's nonstop Donald Trump.

There is work being done, so the sound on the television is almost always turned down, but every time you look up, you either see video of Trump at a campaign speech, Trump doing an interview, a graphic on the screen with the latest Donald Trump poll numbers, or someone talking to a CNN anchor about Donald Trump. Considering he is one of well over a dozen candidates for the Republican nomination for President of the United States, and considering the election is over a year from now, and considering the primaries are still over a quarter of a year away, and considering the most recent debate is over, this has got to stop.

This isn't just CNN, either. The other so-called 'news networks' are just as bad. Fox News, which is fair and balanced as long as you are a conservative, are hot on the Trump trail, too. They'll never admit to it, but you know the Megyn Kelly 'bimbo' tweets are a boon for the network. Meanwhile, the more liberal MSNBC can only do so much on Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders, so they have jumped on the Trump bandwagon as well, and chronicling every thing he says and does.

Fox News and MSNBC get a pass, though, because their whole programming is about politics, but CNN should be embarrassed. If Jeb Bush or Marco Rubio make a visit to the border, it's mentioned and even talked about a little. If Trump goes, we get live shots of him getting on and off of his plane. He'll likely sit down with Wolf Blitzer or Anderson Cooper afterwards, too.

In and of itself, that's not a problem until you look at the things that CNN has been ignoring. In the KNCO newsroom, we've noticed one shot of the fires burning in California. One! There's been no mention of the deadly earthquake in Chile that we've seen, and little of the Pope in Cuba. The network does veer off course from their Trump diet every once in awhile, and goes to either the clerk in Kentucky that refuses to issue marriage licenses to gay couples (although that's usually for a political response from the likes of Trump or Mike Huckabee), or the sick and heart-wrenching Baby Doe story in Massachusetts.

CNN, though, is trying to compete with the other two networks mentioned above for ratings, but the thing is, none of this anymore is news. In the political arena, there is no fairness doctrine anymore, which makes stations provide equal time to candidates, and that never applied to cable anyway. CNN and the others have latched on to Donald Trump because, let's face it, like him or not, it's entertainment. Politics? That's a different story. And news? Not really. Some of it is news based, but it's all about the show. And you wonder why most people now are getting their news from the internet, rather than television.

Off Day: Having said (actually, written) all of the above, we would like to thank Dr. Ben Carson for his comments on Meet the Press that Muslims shouldn't be President. In a line of questioning from host Chuck Todd on if a President's faith should matter, Carson said, “I would not advocate that we put a Muslim in charge of this nation. I absolutely would not agree with that.” At least CNN gave us a day off from the Trumpster, but I'm sure we'll get his reaction tomorrow.

And the Emmy goes to...: If you watched the 67th Emmy Awards last night, congratulations. You are one of a select few. The show hosted by Andy Samberg (who married a Nevada City woman by the way) drew the worst ratings of all time. The preliminary Nielsen national estimates show 11.9 million viewers, down about four million from last year, which was on a Monday night.

Add Emmys (Emmies?): Samberg was funny, but not to a majority of the Hollywood audience. His opening monologue went off track when he felt he had to get in some Republican debate jokes that had nothing to do with television. His opening video showing him locked in a bunker for a year so he could watch every show was vintage Samberg, but coming back from break in a compromising position with a giant Emmy was just stupid, and his “honoring” Lorne Michaels with a 'World's Greatest Boss' mug was funny, but went on too long.

Last add Emmy: They did save the best for last though. Mel Brooks presented the Best Comedy Series award, and took a selfie with the Veep winners, but then former Saturday Night Live and 30 Rock cast member Tracy Morgan made a surprise appearance and presented the final award. Morgan, walking under his own power after suffering a brain injury in a car crash over a year ago quipped, “It's been a long road back. I've suffered a traumatic brain injury that put me in a coma for eight days. When I finally regained consciousness, I was just ecstatic to learn that I wasn't the one who messed up.” The best line came immediately afterward. “Only recently I've started to feel like myself again, which means a whole lot of young women are going to get pregnant at the after party.” The camera cut to co-star Tiny Fey rolling her eyes.

One baseball bit: Gold Sox alum Cody Anderson has now won his last three starts, and all against pretty good pitchers. Anderson is 5-3 with a 3.48 ERA after beating Justin Verlander twice, and then Chris Sale for good measure Friday.

Okay, one more Emmy note: I don't watch Mad Men, so I didn't know who the buxom (putting it mildly) redhead was sitting next to Jon Hamm all night. Hamm finally won for Best Actor in a Drama after being nominated 16 times, but was dateless. The woman seated adjacent to him was co-star Christina Hendricks. I might have watched the show had I known she was in it. Yowza.

Photo: Didn't know there was a C-SPAN 3. That's where Trump belongs! (just kidding, kinda)... Thursday (September 17) was by Dad's birthday. He would have been 84.

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