NBC’s Ann Curry, CNN’s Rick Sanchez, FNC’s Clayton Morris and Today show producer Ryan Osborn talked social media and foreign reporting yesterday at the 140 Characters Conference in New York.
“Here’s what’s pissing me off,” said Curry. “The reason I have to fight every time to do these stories is because the truth is that it’s hard to get the majority of Americans or even a significant number of Americans in NBC, Fox, ABC, CBS’s world, to care. I think journalism is a battle and I feel the scars and I see the blood on my sword on a daily basis for fights for foreign coverage to be more present in our broadcasting.”
The New York Observer reports the panel had some contentious moments. After Sanchez described Iran coverage and reports from people who aren’t “happy faced, really pretty anchors,” Curry interrupted: “I’m not sure I’m a happy faced, pretty anchor.”
Later, Sanchez defended his network’s coverage, and correspondent Christiane Amanpour. “I think it could be a little insulting to someone like her to say that we weren’t on the story just because…we weren’t rolling coverage of the protest of every moment of the day on Saturday, the second Saturday of the summer,” he said.