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Johns Hopkins University
True news has substance
True news has substance

Someone recently told me that she watches the news on TV every night. Her news broadcast of choice: "Entertainment Tonight." That brand of news is salacious, unbelievable and "ah" inducing — requisites for obtaining top advertising dollars. And for too many people, that user-friendly news is the only news that counts. It's tweet-able. It's memorable. And it's delectable. Examples include Stephen Colbert, Jimmy Fallon and the disc jockeys (boy, isn't that a dated title?) who distill major news stories into two sentences. These facts are mere setups for their jokes or their self-righteous opinions masquerading as fact. But those enticed by this...