media decline

On Tim Russert

I may be one of the few voices saying this, but I hope for a rejuvenation of the entire NBC/MSNBC news operation now that Tim Russert’s evil influence is gone.

No longer will I have to turn off the Nightly News with Brian Williams when Tim Russert threatens to make an appearance on that show.

I wonder if Meet The Press can return to its glory days now that he is gone?

Countdown with Keith Olbermann seems to be the only NBC/MSNBC to have escaped most of Russert’s influence while he was still here.

I am sure it is a terrible loss for his friends and family. On the other hand, the world of professional journalism and the political climate in this country may improve tremendously. It is sad to leave such a legacy. Fortunately, he won’t be around to recognize the damage that he caused.


I was beginning to wonder if I were the only one to notice that Tim Russert had failings as a journalist.  Follow this link to a collection of items about Tim Russert that have been published on The Daily Howler.

You Don’t Understand Our Audience

This Technology Review essay by John Hockenberry goes a long way toward explaining why you will never be too well informed if you only watch television network news.

Ironically, the editors of Technology Review magazine should see a reflection of themselves in this article. Technology Review used to have stimulating articles at the forefront of scientific research. Now they seem to have dumbed the magazine down to puff pieces on corporate technology development.

Thanks to lurker, Richard H, for encouraging me to finish reading the essay.