Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Got 20 minutes?

Sometimes it's fun to watch the CBC News from our listening post on the other side of the border. The National does an hour newscast, often at 10 p.m. when the hockey playoffs don't get in the way. The first half-hour is pretty conventional, but the broadcast often does long, long features in the second half-hour.

For example, Monday night CBC had a 20-minute look at the current state of Hillary Clinton's campaign. The report had plenty of insight from a variety of sources. You can watch it by clicking here.

I found myself wondering how many American newscasts would put this sort of effort into a feature. "60 Minutes" has 20 minute investigative reports, but that's a different sort of animal. Wouldn't it be nice if the all-news stations (from left to right, MSNBC, CNN & Fox News) did this sort of work every once in a while?

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