Friday, August 24, 2012

Friday Follies: Broadcast Journalism Edition

This is what your election looks like on actual journalism:



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How Good Broadcast Journalism Contributes to Our Country:

1. Great Interviews, with well-prepared journalists who ask follow-up questions and demand specific answers.

  • Jon Stewart interviews Gov. Mike Huckabee on Gay Marriage:

  • Barbara Walters interviews Fidel Castro:


  • Barbara Walters interviews Muammar Gaddafi (there are a bunch of spellings of his name, I chose the one the most news organizations seemed to use):

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2. Coverage of Public Events, like wars, protests, labor strikes, and natural disasters.

  • John Chancellor and Ed Newman covers the riots at the 1968 Democratic Convention:


  • Broadcast coverage of the Vietnam War (Warning: includes some very disturbing video):


  • Anderson Cooper covers Hurricane Katrina:


3. Coverage of Important Public Hearings, like Watergate, Iran/Contra, the Clarence Thomas Confirmation Hearings, and the Clinton Impeachment Hearings.

  • PBS coverage of the Iran/Contra hearings, including Lt. Col. North's Opening Statement:


  • And a rebuttal to Lt. Col. North by the Awesome Senator George Mitchell.  This speech should be required viewing, and is part of the reason why Mitchell was an awesome Majority Leader:

4.  Journalist as Public Moral Compass.

  • Edward R. Murrow condemning McCarthyism:


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