Long before Fox News, MSNBC, and the Daily Show, Ted Koppel used to bring a rare blend of insight and information to television with ABC’s Nightline. He as an interesting piece in the Washington Post inspired by Keith Olbermann’s suspension. He writes in part:
“While I can appreciate the financial logic of drowning television viewers in a flood of opinions designed to confirm their own biases, the trend is not good for the republic. It is, though, the natural outcome of a growing sense of national entitlement. Daniel Patrick Moynihan’s oft-quoted observation that “everyone is entitled to his own opinion, but not his own facts,” seems almost quaint in an environment that flaunts opinions as though they were facts.”
It’s worth reading the rest.