Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Legacy

Hate what television news has become?


A large part of the blame goes to two men: Frank Magid, who died yesterday at age 78, and Al Primo.


Magid was responsible for the invention, development, and distribution of "Action News," starting in 1965. Primo created "Eyewitness News," a similar beast, at approximately the same time.


While we can blame the two men who popularized the idea, it's probably not fair to hold them responsible for the myriad examples of terrible execution which ensued.

4 comments:

KentuckyRain68 said...

Given the state of News Reporting in this country in general, it's no wonder that the average American doesn't realize what’s really going on around them.
Somewhere, Edward R. Murrow and Walter Cronkite are shaking their heads in disbelief at what Journalism has become.

jolly joe said...

re: above comment

We can't blame it all on the current state of journalism.
NPR offers some great reports...but how many people actually listen to/care about them?
The dumbing down of society is the fault of much more than our current journalists...

KentuckyRain68 said...

You are correct Sir, it is a chain reaction from the parents right on down to the media. People just don't seem to care.

Like you, I get my news primarily from the BBC and the Economist.

All I can do is keep reading and stay informed myself.

Omababe said...

>NPR offers some great reports...but
>how many people actually listen ...

They are my regular morning and evening drive-time station.

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