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By Bob Franken
Syndicate Columnist 

Breaking News


February 20, 2020

I've ranted about the expression "Breaking News!" before. But like any issue I confront, it only gets worse.

So it is with this one. Nowadays, all the networks, without exception, open each and every newscast with that worn-out expression. Obviously, the anchormen and -women have been ordered to start with their robust "BREAKING NEWS" declaration as a way of contriving drama and immediacy, even if the top story happened hours ago. It's the handiwork of the marketing consultants who rule TV reporting, hucksters whose job it is to improve ratings by trivializing journalism.

Sooner or later, o...

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