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Discussing the business, Rooney stylePosted Monday, November 17, 2008, at 2:09 PM
So, Andy Rooney is a journalist after all.
Rooney, a long-time commentator for CBS' 60 Minutes, took time Sunday evening to discuss the state of the newspaper business.
He, like others, told it like it was.
He is worried about the business as most of us are.
During his commentary segment Sunday, Rooney talked about how too many newspapers are going out of business and that people have been reading about the decline of newspapers for years.
Newspapers are in direct competition with radio, television and now the Internet.
Circulation numbers for newspapers in general are down and they keep declining.
But, according to Rooney, there "is still no decline in the faith that people put in their newspaper. Readers check their newspaper every morning to see whether what they saw on television the night before is really true."
Rooney added that people read "our newspapers too for all the good pieces of information that television has no time for."
He also talked about how news on television is there one minute and gone the next.
For years, there has been wide speculation about whether a television journalist is a "real journalist."
Unlike a news reporter, TV journalists don't get as much space on a page. As Rooney said, TV journalists get about one minute of time for stories. One minute of time on television is equal to a 10-inch story (if that).
Print journalists typically have more time to collect facts for print. Sometimes, however, they simply don't.
If you have time, you should check it out. His commentary from Sunday, Nov. 16, 2008, can be accessed here:
The commentary is referred to as "Andy's Homage To Newsprint, Andy Rooney Reflects On The Steady Decline of Newspaper Circulation."
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