Date registered: Apr 2004
Location: The BlueGrass State
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What are we going to do about politicians who become journalists? Or folks who volunteer their time to candidates [time=money] and might later become journalists? Or spouses of Journalists? What about spouses of film editors of networks [that still qualifies in "the list"]. Joan Rivers, she is a journalist. And I bet she gives to candidates. We will never be able to trust her judgment of Red Carpet couture again.
My goodness, NO ONE can be trusted to be unbiased. Why I bought dinner for the anchor of one of our local TV stations just last week and we talked about the propagation of political advertisements away from mainstream media the entire meal. Now I have known her since we were both in Kindergarten but I am sure that her bias will be changed with that dinner.
Earlier I was asked to name a network for which I had worked that had NO biases. Not sure I can do that BUT during 1999-2001 I spent about 3000 hours at CNN in their News and Production facilities and watched many of their processes first hand. I had no choice since I was designing new digital processes for the Digital Newsroom; I had to fully understand their workflow and decision trees.
What I never once saw was someone backing down from a story on Clintonâ€™s Blow Job fiasco, his lying to the Grand Jury or his Pardon of Marc Rich and others. I saw the raw stories, the edited stories, and the final product that hit the air and there was no attempt to sugarcoat any of it. And I bet if you took a poll of who the folks in that news room had voted for in 1996 it would have been overwhelmingly Clinton.
One reason I find stories like this offensive is that I have spent well over 15 years working within the Media industry and dealing with a tremendous number of folks in decision making roles. [My partner for eight of the years was a two time Emmy award winning Producer from Nightline]. I have found that, with very minimal exception [and those are usually associated with the top talking heads] the media folk care much more about the quality of their work than their particular politics.
Being smart is knowing the difference, in a sticky situation between a well delivered anecdote and a well delivered antidote - bear.