Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Koppel's innovation

Ted Koppel makes a snarky suggestion for a new kind of job in journalism. And then, as if on cue, NBC makes plans to open a Beirut bureau.

Koppel has a point; indeed it's remarkable how few foreign bureaus the networks have reopened since 9/11. When they were being shuttered in the early 90s, I vaguely recall network suits making a lame journalistic justification: The Cold War was over, so it was no longer necessary to cover the Americans and Soviets making their moves across the global chessboard. But I submit that if the nets had kept up their commitment to foreign coverage, and made it interesting and relevant to the viewer, perhaps more Americans would have been clued in to the antipathy felt in some corners of the world toward the U.S. government, and 9/11 might not have been such a bolt from the blue.

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