When hearing of Larry King’s death, we thought: My, how things have changed.
When King reigned on CNN for 25 years, networks like CNN, MSNBC and even Fox News were nothing like they are today.
They were interested in interviews, catching breaking news or live intercuts as often as possible.
It certainly wasn’t what it’s like now. With every TV news media outlet more political and partisan. With shouting a common tactic.
And outlandish claims getting examined like rabbis reading the Torah.
We're fascinated by the evolution of TV news media. We went from Cronkite to Dan Rather to John Chancellor. Then to Tom Brokaw and Peter Jennings.
Then something happened.
The cable news networks. No more search for truth. Just two sides of the extremes arguing with each other.
A change in the atmosphere happened when CNN aired Crossfire in the late 80s. It featured one right-leaning pundit and a left-leaning one.
What was striking was it was just disagreement. There was no other point to it.
You got no resolution. No settled truth in the matter. Just noise. With the volume up.
The TV news media of today has taken that to the extremes. Taking partisan sides.
No, you're wrong!
How did we get here? Can we even describe it as news media anymore?
It’s just affirmation media. You simply watch what affirms your opinion. Without that opinion being challenged.
We never thought we’d long for the Larry King interviews. But, considering today’s state of news media, it’d be a cool glass of water for a dying man’s thirst.