chapter  15
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TVprop: From Talk to Infotainment

There is less angry oldprop on television talk shows than on radio. One possible explanation is that too much anger in plain view is a turnoff. That helps to explain the success of Larry King, who in George Bush's words, succeeded in introducing a kinder, gentler news interview that was conducted by the rules of communication rather than the conventions of advocacy journalism. In the King version, the interviewer and the interviewee address problems together rather than define issues separately, substitute accommodation for conflict, and create an environment of inclusion in which the audience feels empowered. As the arbiter of a new medium and a new journalism, King enfranchised a broad spectrum of the popular culture.