Patrick Gavin and Howard Kurtz review the week's other big debate; the "rumble" between Bill O'Reilly of Fox News and The Daily Show's Jon Stewart
Stewart has shown that reporters and pundits are in the entertainment business. Reporters et al will agree that this is true but it is not important. However, a teacher would be fired if her lectures were as unpredictable and disorganized as the events the news media must investigate. She would also lose her license if her lectures were repeatedly interrupte by advertisements featuring sexually attractive actresses. But no one in the journalism profession is interested in become more effective by communicating at least once a year like a teacher would. The pre-crisis investigative journalism on subprime mortgages and the housing bubble were both prescient and worthless. The hard work by some reporters were completely ignored by politicians because their work was ignored by voters. But this problem could have been overcome with an annual one week remedial education course for voters. But reporters are not interested in communicating better. Can someone tell me why?
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