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  •  I was essentially talking about nightly news (2+ / 0-)
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    on network TV. It's a reasonable comparison because it's where most people got the news. In the fifties and sixties they had strict, traditional notions of what was news and what wasn't. I'd be surprised for instance if there was ever anything on the nightly news on the murder trial of Lana Turner's daughter for killing Turner's boyfriend. You can imagine how a story like that today would dominate everything - the election, Iraq, the economy.

    Your general point, that there has always been sensationalism in print journalism is true. It's not true that the NYT was always a daily lifestyle magazine, equally as concerned with newest coffee bean imported from some remote hillside as it is with that other stuff it's required to put on its front page.

    Greed makes a really shitty foundation for a civilization to build itself upon.

    by Red Bean on Sun Apr 13, 2008 at 07:52:22 AM PDT

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