Did anyone catch Real Time with Bill Maher the other day? I know it was a re-broadcast from March 16th but I'm not an avid fan of the show and was only desperate to put something on TV Friday night. The reason I don't watch regularly is that the show gets most of its laughs from ripping on Republicans and when he has a decent one, Bill seems neither funny nor intelligent. Anyway, I wasn't trying to go out of my way to rip the show in general, only Dan Rather and Martha Raddatz.
In his panel segment with those two and Jason Alexander (who was very funny), Bill asked the panel what they think of media today. Dan Rather says that the internet is a supplement for news and even called it added value which prompted Raddatz to chime in an say that journalists don't get to determine what is the most important story of the day. Here watch for yourself courtesy of YouTube (and as a side note, pay attention to the fact that a) you didn't pay to see this and b) you probably won't pay in the future to subscribe to HBO to see it and c) who gets the advertising opportunity in this case).
Wow, that really shocked me. Added value or a supplement? First, sitting in front of a TV all day waiting for some smart person to come and tell me the news is so old fashioned , slow, and one-sided. The days of only have three networks to choose from has long since passed and deciding how someone gets their news is also wrong headed. Why TV or print? It doesn't matter really. All that matters is that the content you receive is reliable and if you wanted it delivered via the web than that's what's important. Plus, if a community of people decide that article A is more newsworthy than article B, than that's what should be put up front.
News shouldn't be decided by a few experts centrally located somewhere who really only care about fame, fortune, and advertising revenue. Dan Rather does have a valid point when he says that to be informed on an issue that you should read a variety of sources. I just don't think the variety should be the format it is delivered by, but the source of the news and story. During the day I read multiple sources of the same story and different views of the same story especially when it comes to politics. I personally find that the truth is somewhere in the middle.
Hey Bill, newspaper readership is down because you get it faster elsewhere and you sometimes don't even pay for it. Plus, if you want to read the NY Times, but do it online you still can get the same news reporting. Finally, aren't you more well informed when you get to look at many different angles and have the community provide feedback on the story. One sided news is a thing of the past.