Media gives false image to today's TV landscape

Grossman, Andrew
December 2003
Hollywood Reporter -- International Edition;12/9/2003, Vol. 381 Issue 32, p14
Bad news sells more newspapers than good news. It's as true with media coverage of the television business as it is with ocean liner disasters. The consumer press' reflexive and relentless bashing of television has been alive and well this year. In August and September, USA Today and the New York Times described the terrible sports ratings, referring to the NBA Finals, NHL, golf, tennis, the 2002 World Series and the NCAA men's college hoops. Since then, baseball set ratings records in the postseason, and the NBA is off to a solid start on ESPN and TNT, while NFL ratings are holding up.


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