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Every Television Newscast Is a Staged Event

•, by Jon Rappoport
 First, we have the image itself, the colors in foreground and background, the blend of restful and charged hues. The anchor and his/her smooth style.

Then we have the shifting of venue from the studio to reporters in the field, demonstrating the reach of coverage: the planet. As if this equals authenticity.

The managing editor, usually the elite anchor, chooses the stories to cover and their sequence.

The anchor goes on the air: “Our top story tonight, more signs of gridlock today on Capitol Hill, as legislators walked out of a session on federal budget negotiations…”

The viewer fills in the context for the story: “Oh yes, the government. We want the government to get something done, but they’re not. We want to government to avoid a shutdown. These people are always arguing with each other. They don’t agree. They’re in conflict. Yes, conflict, just like on the cop shows.”

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Comment by Dennis Treybil
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I happened to be watching the CBS evening "news" one day when, as Dan Blather was reading the opening headlines, a commotion broke out in the studio.

Blather quieted himself, folded his arms flat across each other on the desk in front of him and stared straight into the camera.  The picture faded to black and the audio was cut.

I believe an advertisement was played.  Maybe.  Maybe not.

Within a couple of minutes Blather and company were back on the air.  He explained that the commotion was created by members of the "Act Up" group who were guests in the studio.  They had been loudly chanting, "Act up!  Act up! . . ."  That was the commotion.  Security had removed the formerly welcome guests from the studio.  There would be no further interruptions that night.

I often marveled that Blather had acted SO according to plan during an unexpected event like that.  But then I began to wonder, was the event "unexpected", or was it staged?

At this point, I do not recall the year of the broadcast.  I cannot even put a President with it.  But I'm gonna' say late 1980's or early 1990's.

Staged or not staged?

DC Treybil

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