Thursday, June 06, 2002

WHY I HATE TV NEWS
Okay, here's a little test. Look at the pictures to the right and quick - guess who was hired and who was fired?

To the surprise of absolutely nobody, the woman on the left, Carol Martin, an award-winning journalist, and her two Chicago-based producers did not have their contracts renewed by 60 Minutes II ('60 Minutes II' replaces Marin) CBS News chief Andrew Heyward told US Today last February "[They] just became a luxury we can't afford. Times are tight."

Luckily, Heyward did manage to find a million dollars in his tight little budget to hire Lara Logan (right) as a contributing correspondent for the show. Heyward called Logan "an intrepid journalist with tremendous curiosity, determination and a keen eye for good stories," then added, "She will add even more depth to our stellar cadre of international hard-news reporters."

Oh, right. And what happy coincidence! Logan, 32, a former swimwear model, is known in the British press by her nickname - 34D Lara. While covering British and American troops in Afghanistan earlier this year, she was reprimanded for wearing "low-cut tops" and "skimpy outfits" and for "shamelessly flaunting her gender." Yeah, I smell credibility all over this move.

Read the article for the rest of this story and prepare to gag. I just wanna add this...is it so hard to tell the truth? Especially when you're in the news biz? Why not just say, This isn't about journalism. It's about who looks good on camera. With the old broad, we'd break news. With the hot babe, we'll attract male viewers. Do the math and you'll see why we made the switch.

For God's sake, just say it. Everyone knows it already.

(Tip from mediabistro.com. Quotes and more from Sun Times article)

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