Mike James is the now-retired editor of a daily newsletter called NewsBlues, which looks primarily at Chicago television news, although what he has to say in his final column could probably apply just about anywhere in the United States, and probably the world. Robert Feder, a long-time Chicago media reporter and columnist currently working for the suburban Daily Herald newspaper, quotes extensively from Mr. James’s final column on his own blog. Let’s just say it’s strongly worded. Oddly enough, Feder’s readers, who are primarily people who work in the television industry, overwhelmingly agree with James, as evidenced by the comments the post has received.
I usually attribute this quote to Mark Twain, but learned that it was in fact Will Rogers who said it: “If you don’t read the newspaper, you’re uninformed; if you do read the newspaper, you’re misinformed.” The same could be said about television news.
By the way, Eli over at Coach Daddy wrote a great post the other day about his “breaking up” with the news. If you haven’t read it, hop on over there and do so.
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