This session was on journalists writing in the first person. Mike Sager, visiting writer at the University of California-Irvine and writer-at-large for Esquire, said it best when he mentioned the saying “opinions are like A-holes every one has one.” The completion of that is “and no one wants to hear about them. But, is the later part true? NYTimes.com sells their opinions in TimeSelect. People are flocking to talk radio and the talking head shows on 24-hour cable. Why? Well, here’s an opinion for you. People are interested in hearing about the opinions that they agree with. Yes, sometimes people may begins to see a different side to the issue when they read about what the other side has to day, but overwhelming people like to fuel their own fire. Just look at FOX News or conservative talk radio. There is no shame in admitting that FOX has a conservative slant…just as much as the other cable networks may slant to the left. Most of FOX’s viewers are conservative. Same with conservative talk radio…most of the listeners are, well, conservative. I’d love to hear your thoughts on this….as long as you agree with me.

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