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.