Broadcast News Redux

Without saying so directly, David Bianculli, a TV critic at New York’s The Daily News, adds to the spiraling shrinkage in credibility of network news. Bianculli armchair quarterback’s the decision by ABC to have World News Tonight news anchor David Woodruff report live from Iraq (Woodruff and his cameraman, Doug Vogt, were seriously injured by a roadside bomb in Iraq this week). In doing so, Bianculli apparently believes that network news anchors should be glorified script readers and not the journalists they are promoted to be, that the person/face is more important to the story than the actual story. I give Woodruff and Vogt credit for being journalists and not the actors Bianculli would rather them be.

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