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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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