>>In either case the function of "the news" is to promote corporate interests (why would the shareholders pay for it otherwise?)<<
To make money. Time Warner would publish their own version of the Socialist Worker's Daily if people would buy it. Which they won't.
Back to the original article. I don't really buy her central argument either; very very few of the journalists that went to the web did so purely with the high-falutin' ideal of Doing Quality Work; they did it to get in on the supposed gold rush. And now they're falling on their butts just like everybody else. Big whoop.
By the way, back in those "golden pre-Reagan days," network news consisted pretty much of the 30 minutes you got at 6:30, and not much else. And that 30 minutes is still there every night. Deregulation didn't have jack to do with the decline in quality; the decline is because there are infinitely more choices now and most people can get their news from a million other sources.posted by aaron at 4:32 PM on August 30, 2000
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