What’s wrong with TV news?

September 5, 2005 | By Jim Stovall | Filed in: journalism.

The aftermath of Hurricane Katrina has given the 24-hour cable news channels just what they need – lots of pictures and storylines to follow. But the story has also exposed the weaknesses of cable news, and Jack Shafer, media critic for Slate.com, has taken the opportunity to make a list of some of the things he hates the most.


Shafer and Howard Kurtz of the Washington Post have written good summaries of how some reporters dropped their cloaks of objectivity and became advocates for the victims during their coverage of Hurricane Katrina last week.

• Shafer, The Rebellion of the Talking Heads
• Kurtz, At Last, Reporters’ Feelings Rise to the Surface

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