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Sent: 8 February 2014 <firstname.lastname@example.org> Unfortunately, watching much news coverage on international news channels as of late, anything that the editors believe doesn't have much of a direct impact on the audience watching or listening to the broadcast gets turned into as much of a "sound bite-ish" format as possible. This has been going on for some time, and it's been a complaint amongst writers in various fields for a while. I remember how the film footage I saw in 2012 (I believe at the launch of a book edited by Peter Limb) of an old interview by people whom I believe were CBS reporters trying to interview Dr A.B. Xuma about his involvement in the ANC. The only question that the journalists were interested in getting him to answer was, "Are you or are you not a communist?" Despite Dr Xuma's best attempts to give a diplomatic answer that stated that he was interested only in equal rights for black South Africans, the interviewers kept on repeating the same question for the much of the interview. For those of us who are used to trying to find nuance and detail in our information, this format of news delivery is particularly frustrating. It seems as though what the news networks want these days when a famous person dies is a headline-style quote that they can offer their viewers at the beginning of a broadcast, but one that doesn't emphasise the person's humanity. Rather, historians are asked to give a view that can be easily interpreted as "Person X was a hero" or "Person Y was a terrible dictator." Now, this cannot be generalised to all journalists, since there are many journalists out there who produced good works of history and biography, but the increasing competition from web pages, RSS feeds, and other "new" media is forcing TV and radio news editors to increasingly truncate their broadcasted information. --