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TV News, Ready and Willing to Enable Charlie Sheen

In Roundups on March 4, 2011 at 6:00 am

On the February 28 edition of “NBC Nightly News,” Brian Williams unapologetically introduced an excerpt of “Today’s” interview with Charlie Sheen. (Screen cap)

Here’s what caught my eye this week:

Charlie Sheen. Slow-motion train wrecks may be good television, but they’re lousy journalism. Shame on ABC, NBC, CNN and every other news organization that gave the troubled actor a platform this week. I suspect they will come to regret it.

Gingrich and Santorum. Fox News Channel suspended the pol-turned-pundits while they contemplate presidential bids. Quick, someone start a rumor that Megyn Kelly is tossing her stilettos into the ring, too!

Thurgood. HBO is showing its adaptation of Laurence Fishburne’s well-reviewed one-man stage show. If there’s any justice in television, PBS will broadcast this production so everyone can see it.

Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark cast members perform on Letterman. Now how about a little Broadway in prime time?

James and Anne. They presided over an unusually zippy Oscar broadcast – only 3 hours, 11 minutes. In my book, that makes them great hosts.

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