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Shales to Nightline: Don’t Lecture The Media

Washington Post TV critic Tom Shales unsurprisingly finds the new tri-anchored “Nightline” a mess and a sad shadow of the glory days of Ted Kennedy, oops, no, that other liberal Ted K. (Some thoughts on Koppel’s bitter exit, including Bush-bashing remarks, are here.) Shales jumped on Terry Moran for daring to question the authenticity and fairness of TV Iraq coverage:

Moran sounded similarly specious Monday night with a report he taped in Iraq. “It’s not the place you see on TV every night,” he said. “Much of the media coverage here is one-dimensional.” So then, what? We should put on our 3-D glasses? “Nightline” was going to show all the bad boys of broadcasting how to do it? Moran’s report wasn’t revolutionary and didn’t justify his lecturing others in the TV news business.

Tim GrahamTim Graham is Director of Media Analysis at the Media Research Center, where he began in 1989, and has served there with the exception of 2001 and 2002, when served ...

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