With all the newsroom cutbacks, mentioned on an earlier post, it's easy to see, the remaining "crazed" reporters go for the quick and easy story, the result being vital stories are MISSING from OUR NEWS. The consequences in this following one example are very clear and you can imagine that life-saving stories such as this are MISSING day after day, simply because there is no longer time for the limited news staff to handle what's considered a complex story. Actually, this potential story was pointed out by a CBS News executive and I did the interview to one of the medical researchers who discovered that heavy drinkers have little or no warning of impending cirrhosis of the liver because the telomeres, the lifeguards at the ends of the chromosomes wear down with few if any early symptoms. Heavy alcohol use shortens telomeres and drinkers who proudly claim, "I can handle my liquor," have no sign they are vulnerable to the onslaught of sudden cirrhosis of the liver. Andrea Baccarelli, MD of the University of Milan, Italy reminds us, "All the cells in our body have a biological clock in telomeres." A study there showed telomere length was nearly cut in half for those who consumed 4 or more drinks a day when compared with non-abusers. The story never aired because it was strongly felt the words cirrhosis, telomeres and chromosomes were too difficult. The public is being deprived of this and thousands of other vital stories because of lack of time in the newsroom. Business people now running the networks as ever-growing profit centers, give little or no thought to their obligation as professional broadcasters. And the consequences of their cut, cut, cut, policy continues.