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Tom Brokaw doesn't want to go back to when there were only three TV channels

NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 18: TV Journalist Tom Brokaw attends 'The Paley Center For Media Presents: The Music And Life Of Marvin Hamlisch' at Paley Center For Media on March 18, 2013 in New York City. Credit: Getty Images

For all the nostalgia among some in the media for returning to a time when there were only three nightly newscasts and just a handful of national newspapers, there's former NBC News anchor Tom Brokaw. He writes in the the Wall Street Journal:

The virtual town square has been wired and expanded—but the question remains whether more voices make for a healthier political climate. With a keystroke we can easily move from an online credible source of information to a website larded with opinion or deliberately malicious erroneous claims. Have we simply enlarged the megaphone, cranked up the decibel level, and rallied the like-minded without regard to facts or consequences?

Still, as a child of an earlier media era, I much prefer the contemporary news and information culture—even when I am occasionally singled out by one side or the other for something I've said. I like the range of choices, the new voices, the ease of cross-checking and getting the most obscure information with a minimum of effort.

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