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MrModerate Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-27-04 02:50 PM
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29. Thanks for the welcome . . .
I've spent a long time lurking but the past several days the urge to post has become irresistible.

Sadly news outlets don't seem to maintain anything like the high standards you propose. Historically newspapers have often been the creatures/playthings of their owners, some of whom have been really wacko indeed (WR Hearst, for example), or of political machines.

For awhile there (70s to 90s?) it seemed like really big papers could rise above partisanship and fulfill a genuine journalistic/public service role -- but maybe that was an illusion.

I recall TV in the pre-cable era being very constrained -- fair to the point of dullness. These days dullness is the capital crime of TV news and your career is effectively over if you get accused of it. And of course, cable became ubiquitous, with people paying for programming (although they don't get to decide which programming appears on their cable menu), and infotainment quickly drove out all other forms of news.

And then the VRWC guys realized that Fox and talk radio -- if unopposed -- could give them control of the country. And they went for it.

Welcome to the 21st century.
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