|NBC’s shift is part of a powerful overall tide pulling away from thoughtful, in-depth reporting, as news outlets are irresistibly drawn to those twin towers of titillation, Anna Nicole Smith and Britney Spears — a kind of crack cocaine for cable news. When John McCain recently announced his presidential bid on David Letterman‘s latenight comedy show, the maneuver seemed rational, even logical. Where’s he supposed to make that announcement, Wolf Blitzer? The GOP senator had a better chance of intelligent policy discourse with Dave.
—Brian Lowry‘s latest column in Variety