Sunday, October 25, 2009

Bread and circus, hold the bread

Frank Rich nails it:

Richard Heene is the inevitable product of this reigning culture, where “news,” “reality” television and reality itself are hopelessly scrambled and the warp-speed imperatives of cable-Internet competition allow no time for fact checking. Norman Lear, about the only prominent American to express any empathy for little Falcon’s father, vented on The Huffington Post, calling out CNN, MSNBC, Fox, NBC, ABC and CBS alike for their role in “creating a climate that mistakes entertainment for news.”
Worse, this media climate encourages us to be stupid, not just for a little innocent fun, but when deciding the future of our society.

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