How could people act in this manner?
“It’s possible that I’m more sensitive to the editorial process due to my background in public radio, where no decision I ever witnessed was predicated on how a topic or guest would ‘rate,’” she writes. “The longer I was at MSNBC, the more I saw such choices — it’s practically baked in to the editorial process — and those decisions affect news content every day.”
Pekary adds, “Likewise, it’s taboo to discuss how the ratings scheme distorts content, or it’s simply taken for granted, because everyone in the commercial broadcast news industry is doing the exact same thing. But behind closed doors, industry leaders will admit the damage that’s being done.”
Isn’t that terrible? Before they make a program they ponder whether anyone would like to watch it.
It’s almost as if people in industry should think about what people desire before they go make something. And we know that’s not how it should be at all, people should accept what they’re told they will get and be grateful for it.