People need to read this article. I have been around the national media enough in the last few years to recognize the essential truth of much of what this man has to say.
I found the quality of reporting in the Katrina crisis to be very good, amazingly good, but I suspected that once the shock of the disaster wore off, television news would be back to "softballing" criticism of the White House and repeating the "talking points" of the day.
With a few exceptions we no longer have a press/media in this country that functions as a "fourth estate." Instead, we have an industry that functions as all industries function. In business the Bottom Line is all, and advantage must be sought where it can be found. If that means that you have to muzzle your reporters, then, from the point of view of corporate "rulers" of the media, so be it!