Dis Increasingly Coarse Discourse 0
Methinks Atrios has a point.
Back in the olden days, when I was a young ‘un, Walter Cronkite on CBS and Huntley and Brinkley on NBC could bring us the day’s important news in half an hour.
KYW-AM in Philadelphia, one of the first “all news” stations, advertised “Give us 48 minutes and we’ll give you the world” (I used to catch KYW on the skip while I threw the weights around in the back yard at Pine View Farm; before the station moved to Philly, back when it was still in Cleveland, I would listen to Harv Morgan on KYW Cleveland in the evenings on my first transistor radio which Santa Claus had given me as a Christmas present).
There’s just not that much significant news in a day–a lot, but not 24-hours worth–so the 24-hour television news channels fill the void time with vapidity and with vile (and, natch, some are more vapid and vile than others).