NEWSWATCH by Thomas Griffith: Happy Is Bad, but Heavy Isn't Good


Out there in local television land, the past two years have seen a proliferation of "happy talk news" shows that are a demeaning parody of news coverage. In studios that look like mod courtrooms, people of aggressive charm bounce one-liners off each other in ways that trivialize the news and diminish the raw impact of the filmed dead on a Beirut street. This is news as spectator sport. Confident young women or quippy males in tweed jackets review plays, films and concerts they are ill-equipped to judge. Joshing between anchor man and weatherman...

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