By Christian Christensen in CommonDreams.org:
"The news that CNN is planning to axe "Crossfire" - discussed in a wonderful piece by Frank Rich - is long overdue. For those of us interested in seeing an end to vacuous punditry masquerading as serious journalism, CNN's "Reliable Sources" should be next on the chopping block.
The real problem with "Reliable Sources" is that it purports to be "critical" about the news business, all the while acting as a veiled cheerleader for a corporate media system that has surrendered to the Bush administration over everything from WMDs in Iraq to social security. The genius of the program is that it manages to give the impression of critique while staying completely milquetoast: the guests say how reporting was bad, how editors failed and generally give the news media a black eye. The logic of the system, however, is never questioned: critiques are almost always at the individual, not the systemic level. It is pre-packaged and commodified dissent."