On last week’s The Newsroom, Will McAvoy made the case that Congress should have provided the airwaves to the networks under a condition that evening news programs not have advertising in order to preserve their integrities. He makes the case that the need to cater to advertisers impacts the way the shows are put together for the negative. As I watch this week’s Fareed Zakaria GPS on TiVo, it seems that if McAvoy’s vision could be realized, it would look almost identical to GPS. Zakaria’s program might be the smartest on TV. It has huge intellectual strength and offers competing, intelligent perspectives in a way few other programs seem to. I’m yet to watch an episode of GPS and lack interest in the subject matter or feel as knowledgeable about it as those pontificating.
It’s a short point, but I thought I’d make it. Episode 4 of The Newsroom is in 11 minutes, so not much time to elaborate further… but, I’d appreciate any comments below.