It’s fun -- to make fun of such people – especially recently – they dress alike, look alike – and most important of all (to me, as a “voice”) they talk alike
We say, “Who really talks like this?”
But then the question arises? Why do we take CNN or Fox News people et al as “natural”?
Why aren’t there TV talking heads who talk like people?
Well, you say, because most people just don’t talk that clearly. Your average Joe or Joe-Anne mumbles. And announcers have to be clear, so we can get the nitty gritty of the lies and distortions we call news. Granted--but it aint that simple. If only because it is obviously possible to be both clear and natural. Which brings us to the mechanics of articulation, specifically intonation.
(Modern) English intonation – despite what Japanese “ei-kaiwa” books like to say -- has four degrees of stress, pitch, and juncture – the so-called “suprasegmentals” --accompanied by euphonic changes such as the lengthening of vowels and the addition of semi-vowels, elision and reduction. In this respect, English prosody is much more complex than, say, Japanese which is works with two degrees of everything.
TV announcers characteristically simplify intonation.
Listen carefully and you will hear a mostly binary suprasegmental system. The movements of the mouth and its articulatory organs are also simplified. This makes it physically easier to read without mistakes and with maximum intelligibility. It also robs the voice of emotion. No mistakes. No feeling. Smooth, authoritative delivery. Underlying everything– this is objective; it is pure information ; it is the truth.
So, John Stewart’s “fake news” announcers can say the craziest things – but using standard delivery. That’s how the comedy works. It makes us laugh – but then the whole notion of the “objectivity” of news is laughable.
If you want someone to really understand you – talk with feeling, use the full potential of the language – be natural.