Paying For Interviews Production Deals — “It’s A Joke”

By Brian 

These days, networks honor the once-inviolate separation between news and entertainment “only in the most technical, contorted, semantic sense. It’s the kind of distinction that may have lost its meaning,” Alex S. Jones, director of Harvard University’s Shorenstein Center for the Press, Politics and Public Policy, says in today’s yesterday’s Philadelphia Inquirer.

CBS VP says production deals on the entertainment side are “the fig leaf that news divisions use to maintain some sort of deniability. It’s a joke.

“So is the line between news and entertainment, which is so blurred it barely exists anymore,” Gail Shister writes…