Newspapers vs. Television: A Difference of Opinion

During his sit-down last night with Bill O’Reilly, Jon Stewart said something profound about the differing presence of opinion in newspapers and television:

Newspapers are a passive piece of paper that you go to and you know where the opinion thing is. Television doesn’t function that way.

There are cases where opinion is subtly woven into the hard news reporting in newspapers, but the fact is, the op-ed page is clearly labeled so that people can draw a distinction between facts and opinions. The line is nowhere near as clear on television news – particularly on cable.


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