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Americans have a strange sense of history. Yesterday was the 74th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor. I had CNN on most of the day, and I may have missed it, (I wasn’t deliberately scanning for it) but I saw or heard very little mention of this historic event during the day. All of the coverage was on the two California shooters, and then later on Trump and his “ban the Muslims” proposal. I came across no mention of Pearl Harbor on any of the regular hourly news programs.

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But this a.m. (Dec. 8) the first thing I heard on CNN was “Today is the 35th anniversary of the death of John Lennon.” The old rule in TV and tabloid journalism was: “If it bleeds, it leads.” The new rule is: “If it’s not entertainment, it’s not news.”