Antagonism on broadcast-news programs drowns out intelligent political discourse, scholars say

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Stanford's class of 2008 heard from a panel of scholars who agreed that political discourse has suffered with the ascent of news programs that are something akin to shouting matches. "Knowledge suffers as a result because you don't get the reasons behind the positions," said panelist Debra Satz, associate professor of philosophy. The Sept. 22 panel, "Thinking about Thinking: What is News," was presented as part of the 2004 New Student Orientation. It also featured Geoffrey Nunberg, a consulting professor of linguistics, and Morris Fiorina, the Wendt Family Professor of Political Science. The discussion was moderated by Michael Krasny, host KQED radio's "Forum" program.