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Primetime newsmags are “preoccupied with predators and salacious crime;’ Nightline “has taken a stupid pill;” the Today Show “has become even giddier and less substantial;” ABC News “has shifted from a mix of high and low to a heavy emphasis on the latter;” and the CBS Evening News is going soft, Brian Lowry writes in this must-read Variety column.
So when it comes to holding “the journalistic line,” the best hope rests on the shoulders of NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams.
“Having weathered the promotional waves from Hurricane Katie, Williams appears well positioned to carry the broadcast news standard until some whippersnapper is ready to elbow him toward retirement,” Lowry says…