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In his book, Frank Rich asks, is the news media's agenda more concerned with the truth behind important topics or with ratings?

He responds: Well, particularly television news, which is how most Americans get their news, it's ratings. It's a race to the bottom. What sells most. John Mark Karr sells more than a deliberate investigation of the war in Iraq. ...

Dr. Roy Peter Clark, Poynter Institute Senior Scholar: I think what's most interesting about sort of what's happened is that the 24-hour news cycle creates this appetite for news and content. And the news and content that gets the most attraction is the stuff that's...very interesting but it's not ultimately important. And what the journalist's job is is to make important things interesting. ... We depend upon journalists to go out and not just spout things, but to check things out.