RETIRED CBS NEWS CORRESPONDENT TOM FENTON ON HIS NEW BOOK "BAD NEWS" - Radioactivity

03/02/05

At a time when the world has been blindsided by failures of intelligence, veteran CBS News correspondent Tom Fenton gives us BAD NEWS: The Death of Reporting, the Business of News, and the Danger to Us All (ReganBooks: March 1, 2005) and reveals how the news media has betrayed our trust and endangered our democracy. In BAD NEWS Tom Fenton argues for more and better news: more foreign news, more context, and less fluff, celebrity news and infotainment. "We are not giving the public what it needs," writes Fenton. "Far too often we take the official line. We live and die by the size of our audience; we dumb down the news to pump up the ratings. I have reported on world events close-up for almost four decades. And I have never felt as frustrated as I have in the past few years. Why? Because TV news has a critical job to do. And we are falling down on the job."

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