Thursday, December 31, 2009

Journalism Ground Rules

In keeping with Jay Rosen's suggestion that TV shows fact check Sunday morning talk-show guests  (and why should this be a novel idea? And yet it is.),  I'd like to see TV news programs return to journalism by:

a. Acknowledge people's financial/lobbyist connections when they're on TV talking in their "expert" capacity (ex-military officers, Michael Chertoff, et al.)

b. State the ground rules of the interview. If someone comes onto a show with a promise that certain topics are off limits, then the show should say so ahead of time. And if they refuse to answer, DON'T BRING THEM BACK ON.

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