Who stands out to you as the best and why? It used to be that we valued those who delivered news objectively, but with contemporary media are there other valuable dimensions of a good journalist? The people delivering our news now seem more open about their political leanings, is this a good thing?
Here are a few that really stand out to me:
T.R. Reid because he's an intelligent and thorough investigative reporter
Louis Theroux, for his disarming interview style and interest in America's delinquents, &
Anderson Cooper for his refreshing impartiality.
"The people delivering our news now seem more open about their political leanings, is this a good thing?"
If they are delivering the news I'd rather they maintain a neutral stance, which I think Anderson Cooper does.
Brit Hume was another one cut from that old school cloth. He has retired from the anchor desk, but I am old enough to have watched him as a correspondent for ABC News before he moved over to FOX News.
What disturbs me is when commentary & opinion gets wrapped up together & called the news. On the Left, Olbermann & Maddow do this with smirks & snide remarks, while on the Right, Beck & Hannity play the same game with their own brand of sacasm & innuendo. It is truly sad.
In my opinion, Olbermann, Maddow, Beck, Hannity & those of that ilk are not newscasters. I am not even sure they qualify as journalists. They are entertainers & what is tragic is that they practice the politics of rage & appeal to people's darkest instincts, which garners them high ratings. And is why they have prime time slots on major cable networks.
Sorry, didn't mean for this to become a rant.
Until he died, I would have said Tim Russert. After that it was Tony Snow. Now I would pick Chris Wallace.
He tries to stay unbiased and he gives gay dudes a good name lol
I like the mcneil hour on pbs, unbiased, thorough, objective.
not the daily hype.
anderson cooper not only for his objectivity, but also for his passion to make a difference with his work.
also watch some BBC at times for a more global perspective.
never watch fox, only broadcast I will watch is Brian Williams.
Have you ever tried watching brief snippets of BBC and Fox News back to back? Its a world of difference.
BBC News is far superior to anything we have in the U.S. Its so refreshingly unsensational. Even the production values of American news evoke a kind of panicked feeling that should have no place in objective journalism. With the BBC, there's a lot less clutter on the screen - the approach is much more simple and to the point. Even think about the music choices between segments. With the BBC its down tempo and soothing; With CNN or Fox News, its big and loud; its more about entertainment than information.
I agree. I get a daily e-mail update from BBC. Also, because of my Canadian roots I listen to the CBC online. I think it is helpful getting information from different sources & sorting through the noise to get a glimpse at what's really happening.
During the presidential debate analysis last year I started switching back & forth between MSNBC & FOX News. Talk about an exercise in hilarity - polar opposite views expressed with their particular bias. I found myself often wondering if anyone on the air saw the same debate I watched.
I know this means for TV, but I hope nobody minds if I throw in my vote for newspaper journalist. Nobody has the ability to tear a wrongdoer to shreds and point out harsh realities, all the while making you laugh like Maureen Dowd.
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