Picks and Pans Review: World Monitor
The Discovery Channel (daily, 7 p.m. ET)
Another newspaper, The Christian Science Monitor, has another new TV show. But this one knows what it wants: concise, incisive, intelligent reporting. The show delivers just that in some of its segments—in good and informative reports on the stumbling efforts to bring democracy to Chile and Burma, for instance. But World Monitor clearly needs more money so that it can provide more good reporting. Instead, it gives us talking heads: anchor John Hart interviewing professors of this or that. This is inexpensive but often tedious TV. Again, I like the newspaper better than its TV edition. I like paper. I like ink. I like skimming over the dull stuff. Too bad reading is not a growth industry.
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