Thursday, August 02, 2007
The Dying Art and Craft of Journalism
Ms. Grace tends toward the histrionic and melodramatic in her presentation most of the time so this is not a huge surprise. Yet I was reminded of sports "color" announcers during both Grace and Blitzer's presentation. Or newspaper sub-headlines in 19th century US:
Terror at Rush Hour!
Tragic Event May Be Terrorism!
The lurid tone permeated the comments, prompting me to call it "Drama based around a true and unfolding event."
This is the circus of 24 hour news, bloated with puffery, shallow, vastly filled with information only an entertainment medium would call "news." The Fourth Estate of TV news is a barren place, a dustbowl pretending to vibrancy with displays of flash and glitter.