Stoic News

By Dave Kelly

Thursday, March 06, 2003

Debate over Iraq fires passions not seen since the Vietnam War - USA Today.

"* All talk, no listen. The rise of many cable news talk shows (and several cable news networks) since 1991 has produced a longer, larger, louder war debate. The TV program intro for MSNBC's Chris Matthews -- ''Let's play hardball!'' -- sums up the tone of a rough and not always nuanced debate.

''We have gotten into a confrontational media culture where it's all about scoring debate points, not illuminating policy options,'' Florini of Brookings says. ''The pundits who should be doing the most to elevate the debate are doing the most to lower it.''


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