"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 there were."
David Brinkley
(1920-2003) American newscaster for NBC and ABC in a career lasting from 1943 to 1997
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Or we make it up.
 -- jim k, Austin, Tx     
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    5 stars for accuracy, a thumbs down for the emphasized propaganda of the occupying statist theocracy infesting this land's media industrial complex. When was the last time news was a function of TV news ?
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
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    I have seen the inner workings of the local television and radio stations as my family worked in those fields when I was younger. Without bad news, it is hard to keep viewers/listeners interested. That is why most 'news' has a component of fear -- it sells. I agree with Mike, 'news' today is to maintain the "statist theocracy's" hold upon the hearts and minds of its subjects.
     -- E Archer, NYC     
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    Sadly this "news commentator" probably got more laughs then Gaucho Marx, yesterday's quoter labeled comedian. 
     -- Fredrick William Sillik, Anytown     
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