I think newspapers (and the rest of traditional MSM) look down on curating because it is not particularly well suited to the mediums in which they work. Curating is natural in online media because it is easy to give a brief synopsis and then provide a link where interested people can find more information. But in print and television, it's not as easy to share the original source. Can you imagine a newspaper that is still primarily print based providing summaries of AP stories and then saying, "if you're interested in reading more, go to http://www.ap.com/stories/february/21/124683629503.html?" Same problem with TV. And it's clumsy to direct people to their website for "show notes," though I see many local news stations essentially doing that.
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