AUTHOR: Slublog DATE: 2/22/2005 12:03:00 AM ----- BODY: Newsmagazines Hurting - Variety is reporting that network newsmagazines are declining in the ratings and some may be cancelled soon. Good riddance. My disdain for newsmagazines is not because I think they tend to have a liberal bias or because they are mindless scaremongers who try to make people fear, well, everything. It's quite simply because most of them are no different from sitcoms in how formulaic they are. Different stories are told in the same boring way, with the same camera angles and tricks and the same oh-so-serious tone on the part of the reporter. I'm not comfortable with the idea of news, especially when that news is about topics like murder, disease or danger, being packaged as entertainment, with slick graphics and pretty newsreaders. It seems to me some stories just shouldn't be transformed into melodrama. --------