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Check out the AMA here #E-PUB Ï Thats the Way It Is ⛓ When Critics Decry The Current State Of Our Public Discourse, One Reliably Easy Target Is Television News It S Too Dumbed Down, They Say It S No Longer News But Entertainment, Celebrity Obsessed And Vapid The Critics May Be Right But, As Charles L Ponce De Leon Explains In That S The Way It Is, TV News Has Always Walked A Fine Line Between Hard News And Fluff The Familiar Story Of Decline Fails To Acknowledge Real Changes In The Media And Americans News Consuming Habits, While Also Harking Back To A Golden Age That, On Closer Examination, Is Revealed To Be Not So Golden After All Ponce De Leon Traces The Entire History Of Televised News, From The Household Names Of The Late S And Early S, Like Eric Sevareid, Edward R Murrow, And Walter Cronkite, Through The Rise Of Cable, The Political Power Of Fox News, And The Satirical Punch Of Colbert And Stewart He Shows Us An Industry Forever In Transition, Where Newsmagazines And Celebrity Profiles Vie With Political News And Serious Investigations The Need For Ratings Success And The Lighter, Human Interest Stories That Can Help Bring It Ponce De Leon Makes Clear, Has Always Sat Uneasily Alongside A Real Desire To Report Hard News Highlighting The Contradictions And Paradoxes At The Heart Of TV News, And Telling A Story Rich In Familiar Figures And Fascinating Anecdotes, That S The Way It Is Will Be The Definitive Account Of How Television Has Showed Us Our History As It Happens Very very informational book but had a very dry beginning simply due to the in depth examples of events and people from 50 years ago Overall a very well researched book over the history of television journalism with foreshadowing of the future. A history of news from late radio through early TV and to current era Posits that news divisions in print, radio and television had to meet journalistic standards, but additionally needed to be an income producing segment of the for profit organizations that owned them This continued to impact types of news covered Changes in technology also impacted what was covered.There was a time when journalists held sway over public opinion, but while market populism attacked the notion that television journalists should attempt to tell people what they ought to know, multiculturalism and postmodernism cut even deeper They suggested that truth itself was contested and subjectiveSkepticism of journalistic objectivity was widespread p 209 of 318Beginning in 1990s, networks developed a new style of reporting that treats politics as if it were a game impact of reelections, partisan advantage Book follows development of news magazines hard news programs as well as those mixing lifestyle and news Tabloid like programs and features began to be used as part of network news.Tom Brokaw and NBC redesigned their program, conceived as a narrative with lead story, special segments and investigative reports Networks began to expand into cable And later into web based programming Fox News rose as an alternative to what was considered liberal press.Expressing opinions became a draw for viewers and listeners on radio In rush to get stories out, insubstantial or incorrect sources led to retractions and undermining of belief in objectivity Web based news began to draw people from cable and network news, and built niche platforms for news reporting p 238 of 318 With Clinton Lewinsky scandal, the line in the sand Richard Salant had sought to draw between news and entertainment blurred by O.J Simpson coverage earlier was completely obliterated Author question When it TV news was shaped entirely by the marketcould it also be good journalism The rise of the Internet in early 2000s as news and entertainment source, produced an exodus from TV, as TV had done to radio and other news formats in the 1950s. That s The Way It Is is a fascinating history of television news that eschews, without completely abandoning, the typical theme of declinism Ponce de Leon argues that TV news may never have actually hit the grand heights we imagine, noting that it was always buffeted by concerns of profit and FCC regulations The network news model I grew up with largely still exists, having evolved from barebones stages populated by grave journalists telling us what we needed to know to today s version that tells us of what we want to know, or at least news how we want to hear it Along the way, TV news has been affected by changing cultural s, political climate and the technology that introduced greater competition via both the multitude of cable channels that provided not just alternate sources of news but also a greater variety of entertainment options and the development of the internet.I would recommend this book to anyone interested in nearly any facet of late 20th century American history Ponce de Leon s writing is always engaging, his analysis always nuanced. Good until a pointIt does a pretty good job of describing its main point, which is that, no matter how much professional journalists may hate it, the news need to provide fluff pieces in order to maintain ratings, it doesn t focus too much on how the internet and social media affected the news And it shows that the networks have moved towards using the internet, but that s pretty much it.