“I got addicted. News, particularly daily news, is more addictive than crack cocaine, more addictive than heroin, more addictive than cigarettes. ”
― Dan Rather
“In the English language, it all comes down to this: Twenty-six letters, when combined correctly, can create magic. Twenty-six letters form the foundation of a free, informed society.”
― John Grogan
In all my years in television, I never lost my love for the work. Every day was exciting and new. Even though the ways we collected and reported on the news was somewhat formulaic, each story was a journey of discovery. Today, the principles that guided the journalism I was taught have shifted. Newspapers across the country are collapsing, television stations are working with skeleton crews, networks have closed bureaus around the world. The old business models no longer work and the new ones have yet to show up.
This section highlights how those changes are effecting how we view the world and where the news industry is heading. There are also links to where some of the best reporting and analysis are still taking place across a wide spectrum of belief and political ideology. If you are wondering whether politicians are stretching the facts to suit their agenda, you can verify their claims at Factcheck.org which “aims to reduce the level of deception and confusion in U.S. politics.” Snopes.com is another site that can help check whether a story is true or false.