As a print journalist for the past two decades, I have mixed feelings about TV reporters. I’ve known some who were the real deal, but I’ve known others who were hired for their looks and presence, not their ability to, you know, like, be, like, journalists.
And then I heard about this guy, who reports for Fox 8 in Cleveland. I won’t say much more. Just watch the clip.
Journalism is in a rough state these days, whether it’s print or broadcast. It’s tough enough being taken seriously as a reporter when front pages are for sale to advertisers and job cuts have left newspapers and broadcasters scrambling to offer basic community coverage. This kind of report, which is fine for a comedy show or a kids’ program, fails its viewers.
And people wonder why Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert are being treated like actual journalists …