"Opinutainment” (opinion + edutainment; opinion + education + entertainment) is sometimes used to describe a television show of news opinion on the Fox News Channel or on MSNBC. A 2007 blog post used the term “opinutainemnt” ("I made this shit up about 30 seconds ago"), but came into popular use when comedian Jon Stewart used the term on The Daily Show on October 29, 2009.
The similar term “opiniotainment” (opinion + entertainment) has been in use since 2006.
October 31st, 2007, 04:20 AM
I don’t know if this is an existing word/sniglet/whatever. But I made this shit up about 30 seconds ago:
It’s when you watch someone spout off his/her opinion purely for the entertainment factor, possibly for some editorial information.
Movie reviews, sports shows (Jim Rome comes to mind), and of course, pundits of all ilk, including most “political diatribe stream of consciousness gawd damn I hate the other side” style bloggers are all purveyors of Opinutainment.
Media Matters for America
Stewart annihilates Fox News’ purported opinion-news division: “It’s a perpetual revulsion machine”
October 29, 2009 11:50 pm ET
From the October 29 edition of Comedy Central’s The Daily Show:...
Media Matters for America
October 30, 2009 8:46 pm ET
Fox News’ “perpetual revulsion machine”
But in a lengthy segment on Thursday night’s Daily Show, Jon Stewart destroyed the argument that there is a difference between Fox’s “news” and “opinion.”
Here’s Stewart’s breakdown:
The three hours that you spend in the morning with Fox & Friends? Not news! Your four o’clock to five o’clock post tea and crumpets Neil Cavuto break? Not news! The five o’clock to six o’clock emotional whirlwind and national group therapy session that is Glenn Beck? Not even close to news. O’Reilly, Hannity, Van Susterninanin, not news. This is according to Fox News. Those people, the ones featured in promos about how fair and balanced Fox News is, are not news. These people otherwise known as the only people you ever think of when you think about Fox News, are not news. They’re Fox opinutainment.
Fox and MSNBC “Opinutainment”
Date: Oct 30, 2009 - 06:20pm
by Princess » Tue Nov 03, 2009 3:46 pm
Jon Stewart nails it.
The meatiest part involves For News Senior Vice President Michael Clemente’s claim that Fox’s designated “news” hours are from 9AM to 4PM and 6-8PM.
For the audience here, let me help you out--because it does get confusing. The three hours you spend in the morning with “Fox & Friends”: not news. Your 4 o’clock to 5 o’clock post-tea and crumpets Neil Cavudo break: not news. The 5 o’clock to 6 o’clock emotional whirlwind and national group therapy session that is Glenn Beck: not even close to news.
O’Reilly, Hannity, van Susteren-en-en-en: not news. This is according to Fox News. Those people--the ones featured in promos about how fair and balanced Fox News is--are not news. These people--otherwise known as the only people you ever think of when you think of Fox News--are not news. They are Fox ‘opinutainment.’
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