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Between the speaker on Wednesdays class and the prologue to the book, It Ain't Necessarily So, I felt like I was experiencing déjà vu, then it just occured to me that this might be something covered in Freakonmics, if you read the book then this blog title might mean something to you if not read the book and have a laugh. Anyways the idea of:

The situation has been compared to trying to get a drink of water from a fire hydrant: the water is there in abundance, but the pressure nearly takes your head off. (3)

Where does the news not blur with the idea of trying to get a story and an audience? The point we are at now where you can flip through a hundred different tv stations, read countless newspapers on-line just to get your fill on the news makes the profession of journalism that much more difficult. Before there was only the news on the 3 major channels (ABC, CBS, and NBC) not mentioning the local newscast, and readers of the paper on;y had the local paper(s) to pick from. Now we have the world to choose from. How does the line not blur. Now the news is a business on its own, instead of just giving the news, they need to get audience, get commercial money. Plus with the availability on so much new information-who is checking the facts. Will there be more and more Jason Blairs? Hopefully not, but we cannot count on the general public to know the truth from fiction, they only know what they read.

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