Speaking of phenomena that are inappropriate to be covered by a network newscast, check out Dawn Fratangelo's first entry in NBC's The Pursuit of Happiness series. Fratangelo found a professor at the University of Illinois whose life's work is to isolate those factors--genes, relationships, lack of loss, goals, ideas, receiving gifts, laughter--that make people happy. "If you want to be happy, act happy," the professor suggested tautologically.
Can you imagine being given happiness as an assignment and then being given 155 seconds to cover the topic? The philosopher Aristotle himself would have failed at such a sorry task. This miserable topic is the legacy of Executive Producer John Reiss, who left NBC Nightly News last Friday so, at first blush, it looks like evidence of bad blood over the departure. The hapless Fratangelo has our condolences for drawing the short straw in the NBC newsroom.
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