A dry news day

 The late Jim Axel was a long-time newsman in the metro Atlanta market.   After Jim retired to Florida, he told me that he rarely watched or listened to the news because, “I know what they’re doing.”    I’m not sure what Jim meant because someone interrupted our conversation.  I’m going to guess that Jim didn’t like the way “show biz” has become such a dominant influence in reporting the news.  I’m guessing that Axel also objected to producer rather than reporter-driven newsrooms.  For examples, just listen or watch your favorite news programs (not shows).     Regardless of what’s happening, stations must fill the time.   So what do they do on a dry news day?   Listen and watch.  Perhaps you’ll see what Jim was talking about.


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