Saturday, January 15, 2011
Ratings Driven Media
I have a new favourite American politician. Newly elected Governor of Rhode Island Lincoln Chafee (pictured), an independent politician, has forbidden any of his staff from conducting interviews on talk radio. He also intends to ban state employees from participating in debates on the various shows. His reasons are that he believes talk show radio is, "ratings-driven, for-profit programming," and "we don't think it is appropriate to use taxpayer resources" in the form of state employee work time to "support for-profit, ratings-driven programming." Yes, I have been saying this about the media for years. He goes on to say that he will "continue to talk to the news reporters for the local radio stations, and the nonprofit local NPR affiliate". he claims that talk show radio, like that held by Rush Limbaugh are ratings driven, I would go one step forward and say the same about Fox News and MSNBC.