Gibson: When A News Org. Gets Fixated On Paris Or Anna Nicole, “Go Elsewhere”

By Brian 

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“Know what is important news and what is not,” Charles Gibson told graduates at Union College yesterday. I think this part of his speech is interesting:

  “And, don’t disparage the mainstream media. The editor of your hometown newspaper or the producers of network newscasts don’t have 30 or 40 years of experience for nothing. When you see a news organization get fixated on non-stop coverage of Paris Hilton, or Anna Nicole Smith, or Michael Jackson, go elsewhere.

When an announcer says, ‘It’s a report you have to see,’ you probably don’t. When an anchor says, ‘shocking details,’ they probably aren’t. When a reporter claims his news is ‘fair and balanced,’ it probably isn’t.