News Flash: Journalism, Infotainment and the Bottom-Line Business of Broadcast News
While talking heads debate the media's alleged conservative or liberal bias, award-winning journalist Bonnie Anderson knows that the problem with television news isn't about the Left versus the Right—it's all about the money. From illegal hiring practices to ethnocentric coverage to political cheerleading, News Flash exposes how American broadcast conglomerates' pursuit of the almighty dollar consistently trumps the need for fair and objective reporting.
Along the way to the bottomline, the proud tradition of American television journalism has given way to an entertainment-driven industry that's losing credibility and viewers by the day.
As someone who has worked as both a broadcast reporter and a network executive, Anderson details how the networks have been co-opted by bottom-line thinking that places more value on a telegenic face than on substantive reporting. Network executives—the real power in broadcast journalism—are increasingly employing tactics and strategies from the entertainment industry. They "cast" reporters based on their ability to "project credibility," value youth over training and experience, and often greenlight coverage only if they can be assured that it will appeal to advertiser-friendly demographics.
This reckless pursuit of the bottomline not only betrays the American people but is also ultimately bad news for the networks' own financial health. Anderson instead offers a path that will both ensure the continuing relevance of network news and shore up democracy itself, enabling Americans to make well-informed decisions about how to exercise their rights and responsibilities as citizens.
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News flash: journalism, infotainment, and the bottom-line business of broadcast newsUser Review - Book Verdict
Shortly before Anderson was fired from her job as vice president of recruiting for CNN (because, she claims in a lawsuit, she wouldn't go along with the company's discriminatory hiring practices), the head of programming allegedly told her, "I want to cast people viewers are more likely to want to watch." He meant, of course, young, attractive, white people. According to Anderson, this use of the word cast is symptomatic of the shift from responsible journalism to "infotainment." In pursuit of viewers and profits, news organizations increasingly cut corners, engage in the cross-promotion of products, and trade impartiality for flag waving. Anderson, who previously worked at NBC News and as a print reporter, draws many illustrations from her ten years with CNN but also finds plenty of examples elsewhere. She calls her book an "optimistic call to demand honest and fair news reporting," but her bleak assessment leaves little hope for a return to journalistic integrity. Recommended for journalism collections.-Susan M. Colowick, Timberland Regional Lib., Tumwater, WA ...
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This was a okay book,but I did`nt finish. I learned just by reading the first three chapters. As a aspiring journalist, I learned a little about how the media treats people, I knew most of it already but it was a okay book. I can`t really say much considering I did`nt finish it.