For people interested in in-depth news coverage, television news has always been overrated.  I’m not referring to the occasional exceptions like Edward Morrow’s take down of Sen. Joe McCarthy or Walter Cronkite’s reporting on Viet Nam but to the daily news reports, which are normally nothing more than extended sound bites or synopses of happenings.

But the superficiality of TV news reached a new low with the extensive coverage of two stories – one of a serious nature; the other a hoax: