Every TV News Report on the Economy Ever

by on March 28, 2015 at 7:37 am in Current Affairs, Economics, Television | Permalink

Hat tip: Daniel Altman.

1 Millian March 28, 2015 at 8:03 am

A little too reminiscent of Collately Sisters’ business-numerical fixation, which was introduced to the British TV viewer over twenty years ago; Morris later worked with Brooker on “Nathan Barley”, so there’s no innocent explanation for this homage…

2 Edward Burke March 28, 2015 at 8:48 am

Hot competition for MRU, guys, watch out!

3 Todd March 28, 2015 at 9:06 am

Only thing they forgot was to overly blame or praise (chief executive), or predict that he/she will be blamed or praised, what with an election coming up in (vague future date).

4 Ray Lopez March 28, 2015 at 10:31 am

Well done with a British accent to lend gravitas.

5 AlexR March 28, 2015 at 11:20 am

Right. Brits have a knack for satire.

Business/Economic news was the last bastion of relatively straight TV news reporting, but has now plunged into the abyss of all other TV news categories.

It’s all drama, human interest, mindless templates & repetition, pop culture, and lowest common denominator audience pandering. Local TV news was always this bad, but all the major TV network news surprisingly followed suit; huge expansion of cable TV channels didn’t help. Internet is the only media savior, so far.

6 Brian Donohue March 28, 2015 at 11:12 am

Hilarious. Great link, Alex.

7 SPENCER March 28, 2015 at 11:23 am

I started going to the UK regularly in the 1970s and one of my observations was that they reported much more economic data on the evening news than we did in the US.

I decided that it was actually bad news for the country when economic news was regularly reported to the public.

8 Anders Hallin March 28, 2015 at 12:02 pm

This seems to be inspired by Norwegian TVs self-ironic course in TV journalism:
Which is completely pointless to watch unless you know Scandinavian languages, naturally.

9 A Low Information Voter March 28, 2015 at 1:16 pm

Wow! I didn’t realize the economy was that bad! I am calling up my MP and demanding government action right now!

10 Steve Y. March 28, 2015 at 3:18 pm

I would have taken the downward sloping graph at 2:05 and put it in the background (with axis names too small to read) behind a studio reporter’s talking head, but that’s just a quibble. Thanks for freeing up an additional three minutes a day that I can spend on my Facebook news feed.

11 TvK March 28, 2015 at 6:29 pm

Good one! And if you watch this you will never have to a visit a digital media conference again.


12 leftist conservative March 28, 2015 at 11:21 pm

at this point in the thread, this is where I usually leave an angry comment, which you will either agree with, disagree with, or mumble something about unmedicated schizophrenics…

13 a-non March 29, 2015 at 12:11 am

This is where I leave an angry reply consisting solely of ad hominem attacks.

14 The Original CC March 31, 2015 at 11:48 am

Hey, where’s Ray Lopez when you need him!?

15 another March 31, 2015 at 7:07 pm

But what about restricting immigration?

16 Harold March 29, 2015 at 12:07 am

This is where I leave a comment bringing racial demographics into the discussion, however tangential to the topic at hand.
Heil Sailer!

17 Michael Haltman March 29, 2015 at 8:49 am
18 Joe Fonebone March 29, 2015 at 1:25 pm

Did I hear someone say “Collately Sisters”?


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