Thursday, April 03, 2003

WAR WITHIN A WAR: CNN closing in on Fox News. Via Oliver Willis. Excerpt:

“Fox News does that thing it does and managed to get on top doing it,” says Robert Thompson, director of the Center for the Study of Popular Television at Syracuse University.

“It may be that its distinct personality may be a little too much to take in larger doses, though, where CNN may be easier to take since it has more straight news.”


“There are a number of elements here,” says Thompson.

“One is how long the shelf life of the Fox audience is, and the second is about public opinion. As long as it stays where it is, Fox will do well. But if the war goes on and on and public opinion changes, the question will be whether Fox changes along with it.”

Meanwhile Chris Suellentrop compares Al Jazeera with the American networks, saying: "The war has given lie to the idea that American journalists don't have opinions. One question: Why must we return to the lie when it's time for peace?"

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