“The one function that TV news performs very well is that when there is no news we give it to you with the same emphasis as if it were.”David Brinkley, broadcast journalist
The American press is dying of suspense, and it serves ’em right.
After reporting on the May leak of a draft SCOTUS opinion on abortion as though it were a done deal when in actual point of fact it’s not, American broadcast journalism has placed a massive critical spotlight on the Court and its opinions. Every week they don’t release the final judgment, the tension continues to build and speculation to circulate, until now, when there’s nothing new left to say and no fresh pundits to say it, they’re forced into invention to satisfy an audience ravenous for blood (or whatever it is that jurists use these days).(more…)