Monday, October 25, 2004



The number of places in the broadcast world in which campaign information will be blaring this week is tremendous, even when compared to the 2000 election, though some media experts say that does not necessarily mean that more valuable information will be available.

"It's partly because there are more venues, but it's also because so many more Americans are getting their political information from nonnews venues now," said Tom Rosenstiel, the director of the Project for Excellence in Journalism in Washington. "This is why Dr. Phil gets to interview the presidential candidates now."

Mr. Rosenstiel said that "people might think it's undignified, but it's where we are now," but added that the danger in the trend is the possibility "that our political figures will someday be able to hide permanently in the tall grass of the soft alternative news media."



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