February 27, 2015
Mark Hyman Brings A Little Diversity To Seattle-Area TV
Local Media News
by Jim Miller, 04:14 PM

Some weeks ago, I tuned in to a local TV station, KOMO 4, early on a Saturday morning and was startled to hear an intelligent, conservative, commentary.  I have gotten so used to the bland uniformity of our local TV news — where it is nearly impossible to distinguish one news reader from another by what they say — that I didn't catch the man's name or web site, the first time I saw him.

(The stations would tell you that they are quite diverse, and they would be right if you judge diversity by skin color, ethnicity, hair styles, or other visible clues.  But they lack diversity of ideas; almost all our local news readers are not-very-well-informed "progressives", as they are usually called here.  (Reactionaries would be a more appropriate term, since they adhere to so many 19th century ideas.)  They almost certainly do not have much religious diversity either, as far as I can tell.)

A quick search of the station's web site did not turn up any clues, so I waited for another Saturday to learn who he was, and how this dissident commentary happened to be on a local station, how this diamond had appeared among all the usual mud and sand.

The man is Mark E. Hyman, and his commentary web site is Behind the Headlines.

If you live in this area, you can sometimes see his commentaries if you tune into KOMO 4, starting at about 5 minutes after 6 on a Saturday morning.  They are usually worth listening to, especially if you are a leftist, and thus likely to have little exposure to dissident ideas, dissident within our local newsrooms, that is.

But, since KOMO 4 refuses to link to him, or even introduce his commentaries, I would suggest that you go directly to his site instead, even if you live in this area.

Cross posted at Jim Miller on Politics.

(Some will naturally wonder why Hyman's commentaries appear here.  That's because KOMO was bought by a conservative broadcasting company, Sinclair.  So far the purchase seems to have little effect on KOMO's policies, other than those commentaries.  Which is unfortunate because most of our local TV news coverage is, frankly, pretty terrible.  Oh, the stations tell us the scores, show us the sports highlights, warn us of traffic problems, and give us weather forecasts, but their coverage is often terrible on more important subjects.  They will, for example, routinely fail to tell us totals or changes when discussing state budget fights, making me wish, at times, that the sports guys would cover politics, because at least they would give us the scores.

Some would claim that our local TV news simply reflects the area, that we have "progressive" news stations because the area is dominated by "progressives".  That would be true, if you were only speaking of Seattle itself, but Seattle has about one-third of the population of King County, and an even smaller part of the metropolitan area.  Many parts of that area — outside Seattle — are moderate politically; some are even conservative.  In 2012, for example, Mitt Romney received more than 40 percent of the vote in each of the three counties just outside King: Snohomish, Kitsap, and Pierce.  And, though I haven't bothered to calculate it, probably did at least that well in the portion of King outside Seattle.  It is, I think, foolish for our broadcasters to ignore a minority that large.)

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