To the Editor,
Here's a look at the mainstream's soundbite news vs. talk radio and cable's 24-7 funnies.
Soundbite news snippets were broadcast by NBC, ABC and CBS with their half-hour allowed reporting time for years. Journalistic standards ruled and truth was paramount, guaranteeing no matter what time zone he or she lived in, one would receive the national news and local news between the hours of 5 p.m. and 7 p.m.
In 1987, like a creature out of the black lagoon or, better yet, like a demon-driven force from Lucifer's army, came talk radio, followed by cable, first Ted Turner's CNN and then Fox News, demonizing every faze of American life with opinion.
When the demonizers came along, buffoonery took over with 24-7 reporting, resulting in one-hour broadcasts by opinionators the likes of Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Bill O'Reilly and Glenn Beck with one-hour repetitious shows.
Hour-long shows are now filled with nonsense. O'Reilly brags that his Fox News show is the most watched. To fill an hour, he has succumbed to segments like discussing body language, answering e-mail and doing Mutt-and-Jeff acts with puppeteers Charles Krauthammer, Bernie Goldberg and comedian Dennis Miller.
Remember when the only source was print news, and the funnies were on the last page? Well, 24-7 reporting of the news put the funnies in prime time.