Scripting News: Sunday news is like opera.

A picture named fatlady.gifA comment from Jay Rosen reminded me that Sunday news programs are so totally predictable.

On each topic there are a fixed set of talking points. When a news event happens, the conductors — Bob Schieffer, Chris Hayes, George Stephanopoulos, David Gregory, etc get out the script, and call in people to sing each role in the opera of the day.

There’s a male lead, a female lead, comic relief, someone to be murdered. All the usual characters. And they sing. If it’s a big enough story, we just hear one opera per show. If it’s a slow news week, we get a variety of songs.

The only thing that’s new from week to week is which operas are performed. Maybe a little stylistic variation. But always the same plot, and outcome.


About Dave Winer

Dave Winer, 54, pioneered the development of weblogs, syndication (RSS), podcasting, outlining, and web content management software; former contributing editor at Wired Magazine, research fellow at Harvard Law School, entrepreneur, and investor in web media companies. A native New Yorker, he received a Master's in Computer Science from the University of Wisconsin, a Bachelor's in Mathematics from Tulane University and currently lives in Berkeley, California.
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