A little over three years after the launch of "The Kelly File," here she is in a league by herself as a TV news personality. There is no one even close. That's an incredible ascent, and I do not claim to have expected that.
The closing of a news outlet that puts hundreds of people out of work is always a sad story to report. But in the case of Al Jazeera America, which announced Wednesday that it would shut down operations by April 30, the implications for the entire TV news industry, its audiences and democracy are even more depressing.
Alan Gross, the former government contractor from Rockville who spent five years locked up in a Cuban jail, said in his first interview since being released in a historic deal last year that he thought he'd quickly be freed once his bosses intervened.
The confession of NBC news anchor Brian Williams that he lied — or as he put it "conflated" — about being aboard an Army helicopter shot down in Iraq in 2003 has revived the issue of a prominent television journalist's credibility, especially one sitting almost as an icon in one of today's coveted network anchor chairs.
After a year of speculation about how the end of Oprah Winfrey's show would affect ratings for local stations, the October "sweeps" ratings period shows the CBS-owned station WJZ surpassing the longtime ratings champ and NBC affiliate WBAL in the early evening hours.
The TV press is doing a conscientious and aggressive job of covering the economic story, without getting routinely played by the political spin doctors trying to use the nation's misery for their team's gain. The news operations doing the best work are CNN, CBS and ABC.