Linda Ellerbee's article about "Broadcast News" (" 'Broadcast News'--And So It Really Goes," Jan. 11) was as pointless and shallow as "And So It Goes," her book about her adventures as a television journalist. The article, like her book, is no more than fragments and scraps masquerading as insight.
Like Jane (Holly Hunter) in the movie, Ellerbee takes an earnest stand against the decline of quality in television news, using its emphasis on entertainment rather than substance as evidence. A shell-shocked victim of the medium, Ellerbee praises "Broadcast News" for its truthfulness and remains oblivious to its greatest flaw.
Caught up in the movie's simple romance and readily accepting its premise that television news warrants serious consideration, few moviegoers will question why "Broadcast News" completely fails to probe the most obvious option for its main characters: abandoning their careers in television altogether.
Clearly, this would be the noblest course of action, but following it would validate the notion that television is little concerned with quality and nothing more than a voracious corporate maw hungering only for higher ratings and larger profits.