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.