Over the holiday weekend, C-SPAN brought us a gift that we will always cherish: An interview with “Video Journalist” Michelle Fields from The Daily Caller. It’s an hour long, but really worth the time to sit down with the ones you love to see one of the rising stars of journalism showing people how it’s done.
C-SPAN‘s founder, Brian Lamb, interviewed her. Lamb begins with a softball and asks her to describe what she does for a living. Michelle admits, “What we’re doing is almost like citizen journalism. Which is basically when an individual who doesn’t have that much training in journalism has the tools of modern technology to capture a live event, but doesn’t’ have a background in journalism.” Hear that kids? Screw school and hard work. Get an iPhone and go capture yourself a job in journalism. Really, Michelle. You’re off to a super start. There’s 58 and a half more minutes to go. At this point I should make a stiff drink for this compelling next hour on the state of journalism. C-SPAN had the
audacity smart sense to bill this as a discussion that would contrast today’s journalism versus the days of WaPo‘s Ben Bradlee and Bob Woodward (yes, that Woodward, the one who handled Watergate). Who better to enlighten us than Fields? She met them at a recent book party for MSNBC’s Chris Matthews.
Michelle continues her line of thinking on what makes her so different. When talking about her reporting on the Occupy movement, she says, “We’re not doing what a typical journalist does. Which is they go.. They have their mic, they do their standup, maybe interview two or three people, put together B-Roll.” Hear that, Martha Raddatz? All those trips to Iraq PALE in comparison to the time that Michelle braved the front lines of Wall Street. Later in the interview, she opines on the differences between the today’s reportage and yesterday and tells us that “people want biased journalism. They want people to tell them what their opinion is.” Lamb follows up and asks her what she thinks of that mentality. She says, “It’s impossible to not be biased. I don’t think there’s a need to try and not be biased. Because it’s impossible. I don’t see the problem with biased reporting.” I must have been asleep during that portion of my journalism classes. The part where they tell aspiring journos to give people their opinions and put as much bias in your reporting as you want.
As the interview winds down, Lamb asks where Michelle would like to see her career go. She says she would like to be “in the media. As a journalist. Maybe an anchor.” Let’s not get carried away, Michelle. Reality can be a dear friend sometimes. Lamb asks if America is ready for an anchor who gives opinions and Michelle doubles down on her journalistic philosophy. “I think people want opinions. People want someone to tell them what to think.”
And who better to tell me what I think than Michelle Fields? She graduated from college in May. She boasts to Lamb about the millions of page views her clips attract and says fans write her and tell her she’s the only journalist they trust. The whole interview is so unintentionally hilarious. Please invest an hour and watch below. You might even learn something.