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L. Bird pkeets at hotmail.com
Tue Oct 26 20:15:14 CDT 2004

Excerpt from article on the quality of broadcast news.  Also mentions Jon 
Stewart's guest appearance on CNN "Crossfire":


Inherent in "The Daily Show's" success, after all, is that its hip viewers 
recognize the handiwork of the men behind the curtains, pulling the levers 
and belching out smoke to manipulate them. And while the show garners a 
relatively small audience, its smart-ass, don't-trust-what-you-see-or- read 
mindset permeates much of youth culture, from commercials to the not-so-real 
conventions of "reality" television.

Of course, it would be nice to think that most people --- except possibly 
for those of us who saw all three installments of "The Matrix" trilogy --- 
learn from mistakes. To quote President Bush (news - web sites) (or maybe 
the Who), having been fooled once, we shouldn't get fooled again.

This isn't to say that broadcast news' tricks have worn so thin as to be in 
jeopardy just yet. At the very least, though, the puppet show's strings are 
more visible to the jaundiced eye, whose ranks are growing.

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