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Kurtis: Press Standards Eroding

February 7, 1998

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) _ They don’t make news the way they used to. Just ask veteran broadcaster Bill Kurtis.

``We have forgotten the basics of journalism. Standards have been dangerously eroded,″ Kurtis said in a speech Friday at the University of Kansas, where he got the William Allen White award for journalistic merit. Past recipients include Bernard Shaw and George Will.

Kurtis covered the Vietnam War in 1975. Later he was an anchorman for the ``CBS Morning News″ and produced investigative projects for ``CBS Reports.″

More recently, Kurtis has acted as host of the Arts & Entertainment cable network programs ``American Justice,″ ``The New Explorers″ and ``Investigative Reports.″

Stories like the O.J. Simpson trial and the recent White House sex allegations bring out the worst in today’s media, and the speed with which word spreads on the Internet promotes questionable stories, he said.

``News has become a profitable business,″ Kurtis said. ``You have an information flood of the century.″

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