Archive for April 5th, 2012

April 5, 2012

The Daily Scoop: A journalism-free news media

As television news broadcasts have evolved public understanding of what constitutes journalism has changed significantly. From the days of Edward R. Murrow, Walter Cronkite, Tom Brokaw and Peter Jennings cable news has brought us into the era of pundit commentary delivered by those who have little or no experience in journalism, its ethics, nor its responsibility to provide accurate, objective, Fair and Balanced reporting. Should we be concerned? Many already are. Below are two, yes, opinion pieces addressing these very concerns. The first is written by Alexa Kravitz, journalism student at the University of Maryland which appeared in the American Journalism Review and second, based on Kravitz, delves deeper in subject.

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April 5, 2012

Setting the Obama “Hot Mic” Record Straight

After President Obama and outgoing Russian President Medvedev “hot mic” comments hit the blogosphere a speculative frenzy erupted. From claims Obama was waiting until after the elections to cave to Russian demands to calls for his impeachment for “selling out” European allies, the political rumor mill shifted into high gear once the private comment became public and have yet to slow down. What is missing from this particular bout of over-speculation is a simple explanation for what the conversation actually meant.

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