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Monday, June 26, 2006  

With Media Miscellany
June 26, 2006

Catching On
David Carr writes in today's New York Times, in "At CNN, News That Plays to the Ratings": "What sells on cable is "edge," not the events of the day. CNN, a longtime chronic presence on signal events, has now joined the pack in smudging the line between news and opinion, celebrity and anchors, journalism and ratings."

"Joined the pack"? As in, just now?

This would have been the quote of the week, last week, had I noticed it then. Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld:

I don't remember approving it. But I certainly don't remember not approving it, if you will.

I saw the quote in "Rumsfeld Must Go," at Katrina vanden Heuvel's blog, but the original source is "Tanker Inquiry Finds Rumsfeld's Attention Was Elsewhere," by R. Jeffrey Smith in the June 20 edition of the Washington Post.

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