Tuesday, May 03, 2005

Paul Campos is spot on:

One of several hundred books I'm never going to write is a study of how the 24-hour news cycle has created the need for a default story of the moment, which can be talked about endlessly on cable news networks that live in terror of boring their fickle viewers.

Thus it came to pass this weekend that, instead of spending precious air time covering, say, the battle over the future of Social Security, cable news devoted most of its resources to its two favorite story lines: Celebrity Justice, and Photogenic White Girl in Distress.
Read the whole thing.

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