In this nice long story from The Observer we learn that Mr. Gore is working on putting together a cable news network. Just when you think the world can't get any weirder . . .
The conventional wisdom has it that cable news could become like the tabloid press of the U.K., or Mr. Murdoch’s home of Australia, where eight or nine papers each spin the news based on their own political agendas. It’s a model that leaves it to the public to sort things out based on their own leanings—even if those leanings are, primarily, the desire to see an American flag waving on their TV screen or to be entertained by angry white guys yelling at you. That’s a great market.
"Could become" ??? Oh, I guess the difference is that the only news that even vaguely qualifies as a "liberal" point of view would be The News Hour with Jim Lehrer. And that's not on cable... Maybe this is just them thar liberals (communists!) trying to get their licks in, as noted by Paul Krugman in today's NY Times editorial.
The article contains lots of sound bites from Fox's Brit Hume -- always guaranteed to elevate the discourse. It reminds me why I can't stand to watch cable news anymore -- and to think that I once bought a TV and subscribed to cable for the sole purpose of getting CNN (and, of course, The Weather Channel).
The Soviets had a little proverb about their news outlets that we could learn from. They used to say that "In Pravda ("Truth") there is no truth; and in Izvestiya ("News") there is no news."
Did Bill Clinton ever work up that talk show deal?