20/20 use to be a great show. I watched it every Friday evening at 10:00pm EST. However, ever since Hugh Downs retired from the show in 1999, the show has gone down hill. It went even more down hill when Barbara Walters left. I use to enjoy John Stossel's segments but as he took over centerstage more the show was trying much too hard to capture younger audience. Just because you're trying to capture a younger audience does not mean you have to dumb down what was a great show. I don't blame Mr. Stossel for the downfalls of the show entirely. However, after I went to his book signing for "Give Me a Break: How I Exposed Hucksters, Cheats, and Scam Artists and Became the Scourge of the Liberal Media" I realize that he is part of the problem by believing that the younger audience enjoys only "entertainment news". This is a classic case of the generation gap. So I stopped watching 20/20 but occasionally watch the previews at the beginning of the show and hope.
Please stop trying so hard 20/20 and just report the truth about the world.
An once avid fan,
Member of the "Younger Audience"