A few marbles left: a close-up look at TV news in all its agonizing, maddening lunacy (and its occasional moments of glory)

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Bonus Books, Aug 15, 2001 - Humor - 283 pages
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A Few Marbles Left contains more than 75 essays, rants, news bloopers and observations about television news, as well as serious considerations on improving the craft, who's the top journalist in America, the inside story behind the best news cassette ever shot, and the real issue of the public good versus news excess.Corcoran is by turns outrageous, poignant, hilarious and maddening, but always truthful and never dull. "This book could only be written by someone out of the business for good", he says. "Anyone as honest as I am would be fired immediately by one of the boneheads running it. That being said, I'm always open to offers of work that don't involve selling my conscience or heavy lifting".John Corcoran spent twenty years in television as an on-air entertainment reporter and critic in Washington, DC, Boston, and Los Angeles. Then he got out of the business and the real fun began. A Few Marbles Left started as a series of missives to the legendary TV newsletter Shop Talk, where his "Pesky Gadabout" letters drew praise, condemnation and, most frequently, laughter.Writing from Los Angeles, "a city where anyone with a set of car keys and a 'Darwin Was Wrong' tattoo can hijack a television newscast for hours at a time", Corcoran has traveled the country observing local news in markets from San Louis Obispo, CA, to Portland, ME.Corcoran skewers TV news with outrageous comments like, "I think it's time that the public accepted the reality that TV news is no longer fact-driven. Facts impede flow, cause delays in getting to live shots, confuse the viewer, lead to unwanted litigation and are frequently hard to prove".A Few Marbles Left is a mandatory read for anyone who isin the business, who has been in the business or who watches television news. They will

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Contents

The New News Rules
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Then Something Went Wrong Terribly Wrong
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TheYouthfulDemographicThatAdvertisersCovet
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Copyright

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About the author (2001)

National literacy advocate John Corcoran helped to bring illiteracy out of the shadows with his autobiography, "The Teacher Who Couldn't Read: The True Story of a High School Instructor Who Triumphed over His Illiteracy". His shocking and emotionally moving story--from being a child who was failed by the system, to an angry adolescent, a desperate college student, and finally an emerging adult reader--touched audiences of such national television shows as the" Oprah Winfrey Show", "20/20", the "Phil Donahue Show", and "Larry King Live". His story was also featured in national magazines such as "Esquire", "Biography", "Reader's Digest", and "People".

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