‘Nightline’ and its depressing path

Yes, ABC’s Nightline has come a long way the wrong way since Koppel and serious news.

The day’s big event was the Vice Presidential debate between VP Joe Biden and VP-aspirant Paul Ryan.  It was one of the best political debates in recent years.  Substance and arguments.  And clarity.  The lines between Biden’s Democrats and Ryan’s Republicans rang clear as a midnight bell.  Yet Nightline‘s lead segment was to contrast, and extol really, Ryan’s youth over the aging Biden.   What has age got to do with the issues, with truth-telling, sincerity or being open with the voters?

I suppose ABC was playing to its young viewers and trying to keep up its ratings.  There are few TV news shows worth the time anymore.  Nightline is just silly.


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