While in general agreement with Tom Klimcheck’s astute assessment of the state of local news coverage (“Local TV News, RIP,” Jan. 31), I think his argument falls short in placing blame solely on the shoulders of local broadcasting stations.
We live in an age that values sensationalism in all forms and caters to the thriving cultural ignorance to which many of our once venerable and trusted societal institutions are held captive. Local television news is no exception; the stations deliver in a manner most likely to capture an audience — an increasingly dense proposition.
What Mr. Klimcheck failed to reason is that informed viewership is no longer the norm. The new normal is one where Bill Burns and Walter Cronkite don’t have a seat at Honey Boo Boo’s table.