According to a piece by San Francisco Chronicle reporter Joe Garofoli, comic Jon Stewart took a bunch of print reporters to breakfast on Monday and read them the riot act for letting cable networks set the news agenda. Here's Stewart's beef: quick camera shots on cable followed by quick cuts to the studio where a breathless talking head tells us that this is a matter of urgency. No filters, no depth, no insight, no background. That's the stuff, Stewart says, we should be getting from print -- but don't when the print guys rush to keep up with the 24-hour news cycle.
Good point. Garofoli quotes Stewart:
"We've fallen into this false sense of urgency that they [the cable networks] create," Stewart said. "That idea that everything is breaking news and that if you're not watching us, you're going to miss this thing.
"But nothing they're saying is of any import because nobody filters it. (Print reporters) are able to step back for a moment and think. They're not. They're just pointing a camera and saying, 'What do you think that is? I don't know. Let's go to 'The Situation Room.' "
"It's about earning your authority back. That gravitas," Stewart told the print journalists. "It's showing an expertise. It's the whole reason you guys are in the business. You're not on anyone's team. You're on our team. And that's what's stopped."