Hum. Always a question of conflict of interest. That is a big deal, viewers don't want to feel like they're being douped or tricked or manipulated. Did Vieira really have to do the interview herself? Kind of a sticky situation.From David Bauder at the Associated Press: NBC's "Today" show concluded a three-part series Wednesday that featured anchor Meredith Vieira interviewing her husband and the subjects of his new book on living with chronic illness. While one expert questioned the ethics of...Read Full Story
Get ready for a media blitz tomorrow.With Super Tuesday merely hours away, every television station in the country is getting ready for a full on press of political coverage.Forget about the half hour nightly national news. On ABC, Charles Gibson will anchor a whopping 5 hours of political coverage with Diane Sawyer and George Stephanopoulos. Katie Couric and CBS will be on the air 2 hours, and Brian Williams will anchor an expanded version of his "Nightly News," plus a one hour update, prime...Read Full Story
Mis-predicting the New Hampshire primary: Monday's New York Post had Hillary Clinton down, and Newsweek was glued to Barack Obama. (New York Post) Really interesting article. Makes me think twice about why I do what I do as a journalist. Not to believe all the hype, the polls and the commentators. To look at BOTH SIDES of the story.By Howard KurtzWashington Post Staff Writer Tom Brokaw, like virtually everyone on television, went on the air Tuesday night expecting Hillary Clinton to get...Read Full Story
Anna Nicole SmithBy Roger Friedman, Fox NewsIf 2007 was shaped by anything, it was the scuffle to pay for information about Anna Nicole Smith.Before her death on Feb. 8, 2007, I had rarely, if ever, thought about Smith. I certainly had not written much about her. The birth of her baby the previous September was not that interesting. The death of her grown son was, but not that much. He wasn’t a celebrity. She was a Grade D personality, a buffoonish comic strip, a Marilyn Monroe pretender.And...Read Full Story
By Rem Rieder It's a shame the Betty Ford Center isn't bigger. Because the idea of shipping the entire national news media out there for some serious therapy is very attractive. Well, maybe not the entire media. Just every news organization and every journalist with any connection to presidential campaign coverage. The media's addiction to polls and to predicting the future is obviously not new. Critics have railed against it for years. The compulsion to be ahead of the game even caused...Read Full Story
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