Jamie York is a producer for On the Media.
Local TV News Has a Question
Tuesday, March 13, 2012 - 02:58 PM
In the past, OTM has looked at the myriad ways that local TV news bend and finesse the ethical standards that most journalism outlets try to uphold. We’ve looked at health reporting, how local news cover local politicians (or don't) and video news releases – advertising in news clothing. Still, nothing quite prepared us for this.
What accounts for the remarkably similar question on every local anchor’s lips? Your guess is as good as ours. Maybe Carl Jung was right and there’s a collective unconscious. Or maybe you recognized one of those local anchors and you could call and ask them how the question arose. If you do we’d love to know. And lest it go unsaid, a tip of our hat to Conan for assembling this and to listener Joshua Johnson for pointing it out to us.