Frank Rich here in Seattle

Last week, I had the opportunity to see Frank Rich (NYTimes Op-ed columnist).  I’ve been a big fan since he moved over from being a drama critic to when he started in editorials. Frankly – even when he was on drama, he was doing op-ed.  He talked about many things – but the point he made that struck me most deeply was that all the news programs were created by or acquired by big entertainment companies.  Thus – News and the people on the News are all essentially actors playing a part and, unspurprisingly, it’s all about the ratings and drama, not the efficacy and reliability.  He pointed to George Bush’s “mission accomplished” moment early on in Iraq and how absolutely choreographed it was – and that cinematographers were practically involved.

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