Posted on | April 25, 2007 | 2 Comments
NBC President Steve Capus, in an interview with longtime foreign and national correspondent Oprah Winfrey, said good journalism is sometimes bad pr. He was referring to NBC’s airing of the video and rantings of Virginia Tech assassin Cho Seung-Hui.
I think good journalism is always bad pr….for someone. Good journalism exposes things that people don’t want exposed on a micro and macro level. Good journalism is dying (my pessimistic days) or morphing (my optimistic days) into something that may not be good journalism but passes for it. Good journalism not only inspires but it should make readers squirm because they realize that the rosy pictures painted elsewhere ain’t always so. On a pessimistic day, I could say that journalism died a long time ago. How else to explain how the Virginia Tech massacre story died by week’s end. Gone. Buried. The only thing that revived it briefly was when the newsweeklies showed up in the mail box. (Can anything look stupider than a Newsweek or Time cover three days after the media has left the story??)
David Halberstam (good journalism) died too young in a car wreck. While he made the front page of the S.F. Chronicle among three other obits, he was below the fold! The lead obit on the front page (in fact the lead story) was the heart attack of a local ballet notable. Nice editorial choices.
Virginia Tech. Halberstam. Tonight the House is debating the war funding resolution in Washington. This is not a Pelosi-Bush, Democrat-Republican face off; this is a fascinating moment in the history of perpetual battle between the legislative and executive branches of government. This is great stuff! It’s about the very fabric and ideal of our nation!
What’s the hot news? Rosie is leaving The View.
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