Monday, February 9, 2015

Brian Williams: Hollywood Journalism


            On February 7, Brian Williams decided to take a leave of absence from NBC because of all of the scrutiny he is receiving for lying about being in a helicopter that was gunned down in Iraq. Williams remarked, “I have decided to take myself off of my daily broadcast for the next several days…upon my return, I will continue my career-long effort to be worthy of the trust of those who place their trust in us.” The "those" and the "us" is referring to the trust that the American public has in American journalists. Credibility should be everything to a journalist, but sadly credibility has been overshadowed by common themes of the entertainment business in modern journalism. NBC has not yet and will most likely not fire Williams because of the company’s investment in the reporter. Journalists are paid salaries that are equivalent to certain high-earning Hollywood actors, and the focus has turned to how the American public perceives the journalists rather than the quality of their journalism. Like Williams, journalists are beginning to present news that inflates their own importance rather than report it in its raw state.

             


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