… Let’s talk about what it shouldn’t be. In this pretty scathing clip from 2009, Jon Stewart takes CNN to task for a few things. Take a look at the clip (it runs about 11 minutes), then come back here.
So what do we learn from Stewart? First, the news should be complete. Stopping a story just because you have to go to commercial or because you’ve only got 12 column inches to work with isn’t acceptable. Second, the job of reporting requires more than just finding spokespeople for two competing views and letting them try to talk over one another. Context is critical if you’re going to give people the information they need to make informed decisions.