The longer one’s in the world, the more vigilant one must be about attachment to historical relics. Just because television news used to represent the gold standard in journalism, who’s to say that it serves any serious or independent function at this point? With the rise of the net and the blogosphere, it’s becoming increasingly clear that t.v. news is nothing more than an anachronism.
When someone like Frank Rich seriously suggests that the only way for CNN or the other tv news organizations (other than Fox) to survive is to affiliate with a political party, you’ve got to think independent broadcast news is basically DOA.