1987: Hosted by Casey Wong and Jess Perkins, Mediabreak's motto was "You give us three minutes and we'll give you the world." Utilized for exposition in the film, Verhoeven also used the show to satirize 1980s American media: highlighting the disconnect between terrible events occurring around the world and how (certain) anchors deliver that news - i.e. reporting on tragic events with perfect hair and a wide smile.
2014: In the modern reboot, Padilha turned his attention toward cable news pundits - modeling The Novak Element, and host Pat Novak (Samuel L. Jackson), after argumentative political shows. Instead of balanced journalism, The Novak Element intentionally shuts-out alternative opinion (and intelligent discussion) in favor or furthering the beliefs of Novak and his audience - e.g. pro-OmniCorp "robot soldier" propaganda.