The reports from Afghanistan have been replaced with in-depth discussions of Michael Jordan's divorce and Prince Harry being caught smoking marijuana. To many, September 11th and its aftermath represented journalism's finest hour. But in January of 2002, many are lamenting that the news industry has returned to business as usual. This hour, we look at the return of tabloid television. Has anything really changed in the news business? Is the departure from serious news all the time really a bad thing?
Robert Thompson, Professor of Media and Popular Culture at Syracuse University;
Rory O'Connor, President and CEO of Globalvision New Media;
Normon Solomon, weekly syndicated columnist from Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting;
Paula Bernstein, television network reporter for Variety Magazine
This program aired on January 18, 2002.