There was a time in television news when the only sources were CBS, NBC, and ABC. We were all subjected to essentially the same “newsworthy” stories, deemed so by the powers-that-were at those networks. They still march in lockstep, but they’ve had to deal with competition with the burgeoning of alternative sources, particularly on the internet. The cable news outlets that have arisen—CNN and MSNBC principally—are no different than the original three networks, with MSNBC merely an outgrowth of NBC…. Read more »
I’ve been hesitant to wade into the Trayvon Martin story. Some of my hesitancy is due to the potential for misunderstanding my comments, but most of it is simply because I want to be careful not to prejudge either side. After a while, though, some things do become more clear. The most important ingredient for the resolution of this case is for the rule of law to prevail. A special prosecutor has been appointed to look into the charges and… Read more »
The Juan Williams firing by NPR a couple of weeks ago continues to generate comment. Who better to offer incisive comment than Mallard Fillmore? Yet we have West Virginia Senator Jay Rockefeller saying that the government ought to shut down both Fox News and MSNBC so that honest, unbiased presentation of the news will be offered. Like NPR?