Broadcast news and pundits fail us

by J Scott Christianson, Columbia Daily Tribune Columnist

Today’s broadcast news channels require a constant feed of stories to fill their 24-hour-a-day time slots. You might think this need for material would have created a great diversity of stories aired on television and radio. With 24 hours to fill, they have the time to cover the stories that would normally go unreported and could explore today’s complex issues in great depth.

But instead, broadcast news media have found an easier way to fill the hours. They simply fixate on one subject…