A former CNN executive, Anderson delivers a scathing critique of how and why CNN and all American TV news networks have gotten so awful. Unfortunately, she doesn't get into alternative solutions that may be found in new social media. My review was written in January (to meet the magazine's publishing deadline), so much has already happened since then. My concluding paragraph:
Unfortunately, Anderson’s prescription for TV journalism applies to a media world that is fast becoming extinct. But then, her book came out in late May 2004. In the Internet age, that is already ancient history. By the time this article gets edited, published and distributed, it will probably be horribly out of date, too. Maybe by then somebody will have already made some more headway towards restoring honor to audio-visual journalism—to call it TV would be way too 20th century.
I'd be interested in hearing other people's reactions to the book and to the review.