I have not read the book so I cannot comment on the content, but I am avid news watcher of all channels. I am so frustrated that so-called journalists on television, both cable and network, have decided to make themselves an integral part of the story. It is so lazy and cheap.
From Fox to MSNBC the on screen talent are happy to be exploited by the networks as a substitute for real journalism. Maybe everyday does not have breaking news for a solid 24 hours. As Morgan Spurlock highlighted in “Super Size Me”, just because you can eat it doesn’t make it food. Just because it’s being presented on television doesn’t mean it’s news.
One of my favorite shows is “The Grinder” with Rob Lowe. It does a beautiful job of showing the very difficult struggle of a TV personality to deal with reality. It is relevant here. Not that CNN or any other newsroom makes stuff up, but the reporters feel they are ACTUALLY part of the story.
The result of all of this is that you have a lot of people who watch a lot of news (I plead guilty) and don’t learn anything from the experience . I really don’t know if I get better coverage of an issue or event from PBS or Comedy Central or anyone in between. Blah blah blah.
Once in a while they will have someone knowledgeable like yourself Christine report on a story, but the other 23 hours and 50 minutes of coverage gets pretty tedious. The reality of the MH370 mystery is that there are just not enough facts for TV news. It’s a complicated story. The search has been slow, mismanaged and not very productive. As you know better than anyone, this is a hard story to professionally report for those and other reasons.
Whew! Glad I got that out.