What is most troubling, though not surprising, is how many in the major media have legitimized these crass and partisan Republican attacks and the manner they are being carried out in hearings that are organized so unfairly they resemble the proceedings of a one-party Republican state
"You know who's the all-time champion here? Jake Tapper. His Twitter stream is a crazy mix of scoops and sports scores and good reads from the competition, with the occasional picture of a lost dog (Twitter's version of service journalism?)."
The proposal seeks preferential treatment from the legislature, creates an unlevel playing field with other statewide and local franchise holders, erodes municipal authority, and cuts funding and channels for public use.
The number of U.S. cable TV subscribers decreased over the last decade. At the same time, the average monthly cable bill went up 84 percent. llinois welcomes healthy business partners. But Illinois residents need and deserve laws from the legislature that protect the public.
There's nothing wrong with covering things people are interested in. Who are we to tell them they shouldn't be? The problem isn't with what TV news covers, it's with what it doesn't cover. Or doesn't cover nearly enough.