The 24-Hour Cable News Cycle In The 1980's

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When U.S. Airways Fight 1549 recently went down in the Hudson River, it was big news, as well it should have been. However, like many other major news stories over the past 25+ years, reports of the downed jetliner and the successful rescue of its passengers dominated the news in such way that little else was covered over a period of several days. Despite the importance of the event, did we really need to watch the same video loops and hear accounts of the story over and over again for more than 48 hours - on every cable news channel? What does that really accomplish? With the advent of the 24-hour cable news cycle in the early 1980's, I thought we would actually get some variety in the types of news programming that would be available. Instead,
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