We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Live news requires special care, and needs to be done by calm, skeptical people. But does that sell soap? Rick considers the hysterical, unprofessional, and deeply flawed Katrina coverage, which has been taken to task many times. Sad thing is - that dopey and plain wrong coverage went world-wide and made LA, and the US, look like idiots. No-one reads the corrections - the first impressions stick, however wrong they may have been.
The sad thing is that, in my experience of 15-years as a TV news producer, accuracy and truth does sell soap. I was always a stickler for accuracy, for testing a story against common sense, and for being sure that every claim and assertion was either witnessed by the reporter, or was attributed to someone.
At every station where I was allowed to enforce my views on the newscast, the ratings went up dramatically. Higher ratings mean more dollars in advertising. Accurate news does sell.