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Today's TV 'News'

I’ve been sitting in the Atlanta airport for the past several hours in an airline lounge, where the TV is tuned to a “news” network that has been droning on incessantly about a college-cafeteria shooting in Montreal.

But wait: There’s breaking news — a hostage situation in Chicago! Then it’s back to Montreal.

Are these real stories? Sure. But in a world where dozens are being left dead on the streets of Iraq every day, where Congress is busy “debating” further encroachments on our liberties, where so much that is serious is being ignored — why is a shooting in a college such a dominant story?

That’s a rhetorical question, of course.

1 Comment on “Today's TV 'News'”

  1. #1 Seth Finkelstein
    on Sep 13th, 2006 at 5:31 pm

    Right. The deep question is whether the shift to more unpaid freelancing and demagoguery is going to improve this situation, or make it *worse*.