Imagine Huntley or Brinckley or Cronkite following the Trump campaign- it really makes today's bunch look like what they are 'news stars' seeking, and perhaps achieving, notoriety and profiteering, but at what cost?
All the more difficult for debate moderators.
There's talk of an effort to get Joy Reid added as a moderator with Chris Wallace. Wallace has said it's not his job to fact check during the debate. Reid has faced down a number of Trump surrogates when she's filled in on MSNBC. She's the tokenish black anchor on MSNBC since Melissa Harris Perry got pushed out. Or pushed herself out. Or whatever. Left. Reid has a weekend morning show and fills in for the night anchors a lot. She's terrific. I'd love to see her moderate a debate though it might stretch the time it takes. She does know how to move on, though.
What TV journalism looks/sounds like:
The famous Murrow speech on TV journalism, which is abbreviated in the movie ^Good Night, and Good Luck":
Ron,That's why I used Murrow as an example in my first comment. As to impartiality and objectivity not being mutually exclusive, in this election the point of this post is the exact opposite: that at the moment, they are. If you are objective, you will go toward one candidate and against the other, as we have seen many prominent Republicans do, leaving their party's nominee because in the end they just couldn't suspend their objectivity any more without jettisoning their integrity completely. But in the media you are not punished for lack of objectivity, you are punished for lack of impartiality masquerading as objectivity. That saves reputations temporarily with people who haven't figured out this distinction but serves the country miserably.
This is why I prefer sportscasters to newscasters or, better yet, guys who have been both, like Bryant Gumbel was on the Today Show. Newscasters are scorekeepers, but sportscasters believe in preserving the integrity of the game above all else. This game is more important, but there aren't enough people dedicated to preserving the integrity of this game like Murrow was.
I vote for Trevor North from the Daily Show for moderator. Love that guy!
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