Special Report with Bret Baier (1996– )
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I favor news where it is obvious that someone is conservative, liberal, libertarian, etc. or a mix of all of the above.
Developing the truth of a situation is about hearing different points of view and understanding where they come from.
The good thing about this show is that it does discuss the different points of view. The All Star panel is typically mostly conservative with one liberal but all different points of view are discussed. The conservatives refute the liberal points of view and the liberals refute the conservatives'.
The great thing about this is that you hear the different sides. Too often news programs are mostly sound bites with someone crafting them to a certain point of view. It may not occur to you to even consider different aspects because you don't know they exist. But if you get people arguing about a topic you can at least know those aspects exist and then go off and try to develop what you think the truth is.
This is becoming more philosophy than a review of the show but my philosophy is why I like the show.
There is a game to be played while watching cable news shows which helps stop things from becoming boring. The game is very easy. Turn on any news channel and hold your remote control in your hand. Whenever anyone on a cable news channel says "frankly," turn the channel to the next news network. Whenever anyone starts using the metric system, turn the channel to the next news network. When there is an advertisement containing a blaring siren, klaxon, or a talking lizard with a grating voice; turn the channel to the next news network. Special to CNN, when a pre-recorded week-old news report is repeated yet again (with the live introduction also repeated word-for-word), turn the channel to the next news network. Also only with CNN, when a live interview of a fellow network employee is scripted and seems painfully over-rehearsed, turn the channel to the next news network. Last, when the exact same words in an advertisement are repeated three times in a row, turn the channel to the next news network. Try it, you might enjoy watching TV news again.