Brummett is on a rant about the modern media — from Katie Couric to the use of the Internet to force unsubstantiated, irrelevant or simply false information into political discourse of the mainstream media. As, he notes, his very own rant has done.

Nowadays you have the Internet where raw, blind partisanship finds its outlet for unfiltered “free expression.” You have newspapers regurgitating the partisan, anonymous and libelous outrages of the Internet. You have a television network hiring a right-winger to make up a movie that it airs as solemn fact about 9-11. You have another television network culminating the transformation from somber news to trivial celebrity by making a perky woman the nightly news anchorperson and having her flash a little leg while she invites viewers to come up with a signature sign-off for her.

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