MSNBC Producer Leaves Her Job, Calling Biased Commercial ‘News’ a Cancer

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Ariana Pekary, who worked as a producer on “The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell,” quit her job after seven years with the network and wrote a damning resignation letter, characterizing the cable network as a “cancer” that is dividing Americans. She said that her colleagues were smart people with good intentions, but the programming decisions about topics and guests were made according to ratings, which distorts content. She wrote that all the commercial networks function this way. A TV veteran told her, “We are a cancer, and there is no cure, but if you could find a cure, it would change the world.” She said there is no diversity of thought, and factual information is considered too cumbersome for the audience. -GEG

“Just quit.”

That’s the advice Alec gave a year and a half ago when I expressed concerns about my job.

“You just quit. It’s that simple.”

“Stay at MSNBC at least until the midterms,” Jeffrey said a couple years back. He advised to watch and see what happens.

“Hang in there… you’re needed,” Elizabeth recommended last winter. “I was in your shoes when I was younger but I stuck it out.”

A year and a half ago, simply quitting my job without knowing my next step sounded pretty radical. So I stuck it out a bit longer until we were in the middle of a pandemic to make a truly radical move.

July 24th was my last day at MSNBC. I don’t know what I’m going to do next exactly but I simply couldn’t stay there anymore. My colleagues are very smart people with good intentions. The problem is the job itself. It forces skilled journalists to make bad decisions on a daily basis.

You may not watch MSNBC but just know that this problem still affects you, too. All the commercial networks function the same – and no doubt that content seeps into your social media feed, one way or the other.

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.” 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. 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.

“We are a cancer and there is no cure,” a successful and insightful TV veteran said to me. “But if you could find a cure, it would change the world.”

As it is, this cancer stokes national division, even in the middle of a civil rights crisis. The model blocks diversity of thought and content because the networks have incentive to amplify fringe voices and events, at the expense of others… all because it pumps up the ratings.

This cancer risks human lives, even in the middle of a pandemic. The primary focus quickly became what Donald Trump was doing (poorly) to address the crisis, rather than the science itself. As new details have become available about antibodies, a vaccine, or how COVID actually spreads, producers still want to focus on the politics. Important facts or studies get buried.

This cancer risks our democracy, even in the middle of a presidential election. Any discussion about the election usually focuses on Donald Trump, not Joe Biden, a repeat offense from 2016 (Trump smothers out all other coverage). Also important is to ensure citizens can vote by mail this year, but I’ve watched that topic get ignored or “killed” numerous times.

Context and factual data are often considered too cumbersome for the audience. There may be some truth to that (our education system really should improve the critical thinking skills of Americans) – but another hard truth is that it is the job of journalists to teach and inform, which means they might need to figure out a better way to do that. They could contemplate more creative methods for captivating an audience. Just about anything would improve the current process, which can be pretty rudimentary (think basing today’s content on whatever rated well yesterday, or look to see what’s trending online today).

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Bill
Bill
2 years ago

“Mainstream news” services, such as Google, CNN, NBC, CBC, BBC, ABC, FOX, New York Times, Washington Post, The National, The Globe and Mail, MSN, SkyNews and Radio use interesting, local, filler material to give readers/listeners the appearance of open news reporting….when in actuality these mainstream news services are merely ‘Perception Management Firms’ which manufacture/propagate consent to accept: war, prescription drug use, unsafe vaccines, GM foods, and continuous exploitation of our natural environment.

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2 years ago

Good that she finally quit, and good that she said mainstream media is dividing people. But she also demonstrated that she has been brainwashed with the same problem she rails against. She says her coworkers were smart people with good intentions. Think about that statement. A pure media BS statement, just like pervades the news. Yes, her coworkers are smart, and presumably each of them has at least a few good intentions towards a few people once in a while. But that leaves out that they are totally evil, lie all the time on purpose, and want to destroy all… Read more »