On Many TV News Shows, It’s the Rounding Up of the Usual Suspects

The movie Casablanca, starring Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman, is on most lists of the 10 best movies ever made and one of the film’s most famous lines is spoken cynically by Captain Louis Renault of the French police: “Round up the usual suspects.” It comes after German officers confront Renault over allowing gambling to go on at Rick’s Cafe, the bar run by the Bogart character.

“Round up the usual suspects” also could be the headline of a story about what’s happened to cable news shows and much of journalism. Night after night the Wolf Blitzers of cable television round up the usual suspects and they talk and talk about the latest news in the age of Trump.

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