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  •  Don Hewitt, the original (2+ / 0-)
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    cdreid, Dirtandiron

    producer, always said he wanted to just Tell A Story.

    Iow, it was never about journalism, let alone the investigative type.  Only about keeping the folks at home entertained (in the guise of keeping them informed).

    •  That's the Hallmark Channel's job (1+ / 0-)
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      Dirtandiron

      60 Minutes is a news program and should be about the news. It's a news feature show, true, but that doesn't obviate the obligation to stick to the facts and be genuinely fair.

      Woodward and Bernstein also told a story. A TRUE story.

      "Those who stand for nothing fall for anything...Mankind are forever destined to be the dupes of bold & cunning imposture" --Alexander Hamilton

      by kovie on Mon Dec 20, 2010 at 11:25:54 AM PST

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      •  The ratings reality (1+ / 0-)
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        trumps all other considerations.  Tell Me A Story and It Had Better Be Damn Good, was what Hewitt taught, and his "reporter" students learned well.  Much to the consternation of the old traditionalists in the newsroom (I mean the really old ones who somehow haven't been fired) who used to actually report on important local/state matters that were of importance to their viewers.  After the example of 60M, they had to produce ratings.

        Btw, speaking of Woodstein and story telling, it's interesting that they originally intended a book about, well, the doings of the President's Men.  But the book they ended up writing was one more about their own doings in investigating the story.  That was because of the intervention in draft stage -- as I understand it -- of one Robert Redford, who told the reporters their story would make for a much better movie if they changed the focus.

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