Stone city compares local and national news to sports news:
To understand how news reporting is so bad, we have to look at the sections of the newspaper where the news is actually good [i.e., of high quality]: sports and [to a lesser extent] business....
* If only games decided by over 10 runs (or 30 points) were mentioned, it would be like the local news.
* If each team's manager got all the credit or blame, regardless of what the players accomplished, it would be like the national news.
* If only personality clashes were described, never actual game results, it would be like the international news.
* If the paper mentioned only games which the Yankees lost, it would be like the war news.