NEWSWATCH by Thomas Griffith: Telling the News vs. Zapping the Cornea


In the fickle world of television, where most programs have precariously short lives, the long-running network news shows have proudly been the most resistant to change. But they're changing now, as ABC's World News Tonight — long a poor third — prepares to overtake the NBC Nightly News, while CBS's Evening News continues its reign as No. 1.

The changes are not the kind that would satisfy James David Barber, the Duke University political scientist who thinks that network news is "too intellectual, too balanced. It passes right over the heads of the...

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