Tag Archives: Cable News

Knowing How to Know Things Gets Harder

Perhaps the rest of life really is just an extension of high school – the cool kids know what’s really going on, which amazes everyone, and makes everyone else envious, but maybe the rebels and the punks really know what’s … Continue reading

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Choosing the Squirrel

Being reliable is boring, and it’s also a bad business model. That’s so 1980, the year Ted Turner started CNN, which still tells America that it’s “the most reliable name in news” – which mattered in 1980, when the news … Continue reading

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Gaming the System

Politics is a grand game, where real people die. That’s the problem. How do you cover politics? Well, there is the first option. Over the last decade or more we have developed an industry that essentially covers the game, the … Continue reading

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Come Sunday

It’s okay being an old man. You remember things without the boring parts, like Sundays long ago, and the routine. Pittsburgh, 1959, and one of those gray winter Sunday mornings (they were all gray) – and driving home from church … Continue reading

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Irresistible Illusion

Political junkies follow the back and forth on the cable news shows, much as sports junkies, in need of a competition-fix, might find themselves watching curling from Canada or a tractor-pull from Iowa, on one of the more obscure subsets … Continue reading

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