How is it that, at the mention of big news, people’s first instinct would be to turn, not to a trusted media outlet, but to Google? The audience for news is clearly jaded. In May, the ratings for cable news networks were at their lowest points since 2008, and in the case of CNN, their lowest ever. CNN and Fox flubbed their early reporting on the Supreme Court’s health care ruling. NBC sentenced Ann Curry to public humiliation for the dubious sin of failing to enjoy herself in cooking segments. But the problem isn’t that we ask news anchors to do fluff stories sometimes. The problem is that we have too much news.
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