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UAW strike doesn't resonate on networks

September 26, 2007

Posted by Chris Roush

Julie Hinds of the Detroit Free Press writes Wednesday that the United Auto Workers’ strike against General Motors barely registered on the cable networks on Tuesday.

UAW strikeHinds wrote, “Although the strike consumed the thoughts and news outlets of Detroit, it didn’t register as loudly within the 24-hour echo chamber of substance, hype and partisan bickering that is cable news programming. It received some coverage, but not the overwhelming kind that turns up the heat on topics like celebrity scandals or missing women.

“On Tuesday night, the second day of the strike was barely registering on some popular cable news shows. The top story on Fox News’s ‘Hannity & Colmes’ was a day two followup – ‘day two of the Iranian invasion of New York,’ as an on-screen title described the segment on Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s visit to Manhattan.

“On the same night, the strike wasn’t among of the top five stories on MSNBC’s ‘Countdown with Keith Olbermann,’ but the arrival of the Halo 3 video game was. CNN’s ‘Anderson Cooper 360’ devoted a few seconds to a strike update in a news roundup.”

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