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Credibility in the 10 oclock news you know that quaint old-fashioned method of attempting to summarize noteworthy events of the day via the cathode-ray delivery system has been on trial of late in Chicago The brouhaha began when bosses at the local NBC affiliate WMAQ-TV announced plans to have daytime yakker Jerry Springer the youngest mayor in the history of Cincinatti doncha know deliver personal editorials or commentaries several days a week Its important to note that the handshake deal was to be only for the month of May 1997 with subsequent arrangments to made after that The anchors of the 10 pm news Ron Magers and Carol Marin protested the decision and Marin put her money where her mouth was quitting her estimated 1 million a year job Carol Marin had her say Jerry Springer will have his So why does everyone feel so bad Marin is a popular figure in Chicago media she started as a reporter at WMAQ-TV 19 years ago and is a highly-regarded journalist The fact that she has at least temporarily abandoned her supporters will not endear them to Springer whose oh who are we kidding here letting news readers dictate who is allowed to be on the air and who isnt attitude appears to strengthen Marins argument that TV news is little more than a circus sideshow Springer may be a sanctimonious doughboy but hes not the antichrist In fact hes actually a prettybright guy and can be moderately entertaining He may do a great job on the commentaries But you do have to wonder about the people who made the decision to pollute their credible popular mix of newsweather and sports with the views of a guy who has spent the last few years probing the tawdry lives of every dysfunctional male and female type imaginable While Marin cant really be blamed for walking her action -- which effectively
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