Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Back in the day

By Libby

When it was just Ted Turner's CNN doing the 24/7 news, it was a wonderful thing to be able to turn on the teevee and always be able to get breaking coverage. Even as more stations picked up the format the news was still -- real news. They had field journalists and international offices and researchers and different perspectives on current events of actual import.

Then media consolidation and corporatization arrived. They homogenized the product and invented the punderati media star to deliver it. They changed the news from a public information service into a wall to wall, gossipy semi-reality show. Now we have dozens of so-called news stations but it's damn near impossible to find any hard news on the teevee.
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