This book offers an eviscerating look at the state of journalism in the age of the 24-hour news cycle by a Pulitzer Prize-winning television critic and a veteran news correspondent."No Time To Think" focuses on the insidious and increasing portion of the news media that, due to the dangerously extreme speed at which it is produced, is only half thought out, half true and lazily repeated from anonymous sources interested in selling opinion and wild speculation as news. These news items can easily gain exposure today, assuming a life of their own while making a mockery of journalism and creating casualties of cool deliberation and thoughtful discourse. Much of it is picked up gratuitously and given resonance online or through CNN, Fox News, MSNBC and other networks, which must, in this age of the 24-hour news cycle, 'feed the beast.' In dissecting this frantic news blur, "No Time to Think" breaks down a number of speed-driven blunders from the insider perspective of Charles Feldman, who spent 20 years as a CNN correspondent, as well as the outsider perspective of Howard Rosenberg, who covered the coverage for 25 years as TV critic for "The Los Angeles Times".This book demonstrates how today's media blitz scrambles the public's perspective in ways that potentially shape how we think, act and react as a global society.
The end result affects not only the media and the public, but also the government leaders we trust to make carefully considered decisions on our behalf.The book features interviews ranging from former NBC News anchor Tom Brokaw to internet doyenne Arianna Huffington, PBS stalwart Jim Lehrer, CNN chief Jonathan Klein and a host of former presidential press secretaries and other keen-eyed media watchers.
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A tedious, repetitive and self-indulgent attempt to make the news cycle transparent.Rosenberg (Critical Writing and News Ethics/Univ. of Southern California; Not So Prime Time: Chasing the Trivial on American Television, 2004) and journalist Feldman sketch out what seems like a compelling argument. With the increasing pace of news production, the proliferation of blogs and the decreased emphasis on traditional journalistic practices, they aver, reporters simply aren't able to produce accurate, insightful news, and the trust between journalists and their audience has eroded. Both authors have the pedigrees and experience to back their argument: Rosenberg is a Pulitzer Prize - winning television critic; Feldman has spent nearly 20 years as a reporter. So it's all the more disappointing that, rather than providing clear examples of the ways in which the media cycle has caused catastrophic failures, they engage in self-gratifying bloviating, at one point even including a chapter's worth of their conversation. Both authors seem to be acutely aware of the potential criticism that there is a generational aspect to their argument, that maybe people their age just don't "get" the speed at which the present world must operate. In response, what ought to be a reasoned argument about the evils of the day at times assumes the defensively forced gaiety and practiced informality of old folks imitating young folks. (One of the authors, attending a Vegas conference on this new thing called "blogging," repeatedly refers to himself as "your blogmeister.") Rosenberg and Feldman touch on episodes like Scott McClellan's book and the media "firestorm" that allowed various myths to be perpetuated across the nation, but they don't venture an explanation of how one blogger's misinterpretation (the president told McClellan to lie!) turned into the next day's news feed.Slapdash treatment of an important topic. (Kirkus Reviews)
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Author Biography - Howard Rosenberg
Howard Rosenberg earned a Pulitzer Prize and numerous other honours during his 25 years as TV critic for the Los Angeles Times. His anthology, Not So Prime Time: Chasing the Trivial on American Television, was published in 2004, winning wide praise. He teaches critical writing and news ethics at the University of Southern California. Charles S. Feldman is an investigative television and print journalist with many years of experience across all media platforms. He was a correspondent for CNN in New York and now co-owner of a media consulting company and is an adjunct professor of journalism at the USC School of Journalism.