Opinion piece which offers some interesting comments on the state of news consumption, especially why its not your parents news cast anymore.
Opinion sells, and doesn’t require a costly chain of national and international bureaus. You just need some lights, cameras and microphones.
Of the big 3 cable new outlets:
CNN is the only one to produce more reporting than commentary, 54% to 46%
With so many media choices these days and with news becoming a commodity, it is hard to persuade the owners to invest in in-depth journalism. When a reporter digs up a scoop, it is aggregated and repackaged and diluted and snarked upon by a thousand websites that didn’t pay a penny to produce it but can sell advertising off it.
The unstated concern is that when NobodyisFlyingthePlane media consumers’ changing habits slowly kill off the true journalism that is necessary to protect a democratic society, leaving us with nothing but infotainment.