Television is not the truth. Television is an amusement park.

Ladies and gentlemen, I give you words of pure genius from the president of CBS News as he talks about The CBS Evening News with Katie Couric (hat tip to Jeff Jarvis):

“I think in some ways we owed it to the industry to try new things,” CBS News President Sean McManus told Eric Deggans. “But we found at 6:30 with only 22 minutes of programming time, people basically want you to tell them what happened in the world that day . . . That’s probably the biggest lesson we learned.”

Gee really–ya think? When you’ve got guys like this getting paid seven figures to run network news divisions, it’s a wonder they’ve managed to stay on the air at all.

I think this is an appropriate time to quote Network:

I watched your 6 o’clock news today; it’s straight tabloid. You had a minute and a half of that lady riding a bike naked in Central Park; on the other hand, you had less than a minute of hard national and international news. It was all sex, scandal, brutal crime, sports, children with incurable diseases, and lost puppies. So, I don’t think I’ll listen to any protestations of high standards of journalism when you’re right down on the streets soliciting audiences like the rest of us. Look, all I’m saying is if you’re going to hustle, at least do it right.

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