I Don’t Want to Hear This
“I don't know about you, but I do not watch the news to see what I don’t want to hear. And I shouldn’t have to — these days there’s a news channel for everyone: Conservatives have Fox, liberals have MSNBC and the elderly who lost the remote in 1998 have Headline News. Cable networks have one cardinal rule. That rule is to tell their viewers what they want to hear.”
—Stephen Colbert, “The Word—Truthinews,” 2013
• Editorial Comment: What are we going to do without him in 2016?
PeezPix by Ted Pease
Get TODAY'S WORD ON JOURNALISM in your email every weekday morning during WORD season. This is a free “service” sent to the 1,800 or so misguided subscribers around the planet. If you have recovered from whatever led you to subscribe and don’t want it anymore, send “unsubscribe” to firstname.lastname@example.org. Or if you want to afflict someone else, send me the email address and watch the fun begin. (Disclaimer: I just quote ’em, I don’t necessarily endorse ’em. But all contain at least a kernel of insight. Don’t shoot the messenger.)
Ted Pease, Professor of Interesting Stuff, Trinidad, California. (Be)Friend The WORD
“Words are sacred. They deserve respect. If you get the right ones, in the right order, you can nudge the world a little.” —Tom Stoppard