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November 29, 2004

60 Minutes on steroids

I disagree with Oliver Willis that CNN should become a liberal Fox News. Nope, what we really need is a bad-ass, take-no-prisoners, Joe-Friday-just-the-facts-ma'am, let-the-chips-fall-where-they-may, old time Woodward-'n-Bernstein, [insert cliché here] real investigative journalism channel. And no John Stossel/Geraldo creeps, either; we want the real G's: Sy Hersh, Kevin Sites, the entire production team of Frontline (tremendous, tough show), etc. It's time for the comeback of hard-nosed, courageous journalism.

And I'll bet it would get terrific ratings. Is there not enough scandal going on for everyone these days? The truth is the most provocative thing of all.

I don't need a liberal channel. Since the truth has a liberal bias, after all, I'll settle for a truth channel.

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True enough. My greatest sorrow is that Bill Moyers is leaving "Now" and that the show will be cut to a half hour.

Posted by: Roy Sansom | Nov 30, 2004 9:44:22 AM

Nobody beyond true believers will watch such a thing. I like Frontline, a lot. That isn't what people want.

Posted by: Oliver | Nov 30, 2004 10:08:13 AM

Oliver's probably right that no one will watch Frontline even if it moves to CNN. But they might watch something that's Frontline-ish in content but Fox News/PrimeTime Live-ish in presentation. Part of TV is entertainment, and Frontline is too PBS to gain a large audience. Someone has to figure out how to do serious investigative journalism AND produce an entertaining show.

Posted by: David | Nov 30, 2004 10:20:10 AM

Well, 60 Minutes has been among the top-rated shows for what, 36 years now?

See, I don't think people actually *know* what they want. But I think that packaged correctly and provocatively, a news organization known for tough, muckraking reporting would accomplish all of our goals.

No, PBS is decidedly *not* our marketing or production model. But the reporting *is*.

Posted by: Charley on the MTA | Nov 30, 2004 10:24:02 AM

Nobody beyond true believers will watch such a thing. I like Frontline, a lot. That isn't what people want.


Posted by: minerca | Mar 9, 2005 7:03:10 AM

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