By: Cindy Thompson
In this day and age TV News has changed over the years. Back in the day when news first began the newscasters would deliver the news with all seriousness. Now days the newscasters prefer to report by giving their own personal opinions. Some resort to silly antics that endear or make them charming in the public eye.
Take weather man Mark Kriski from KTLA news with the way he reports. Live footage will show him as other reporters report making facial expressions or commenting. Sometimes he just doesn’t make any sense at all. Does Kriski draw you in or turn you off? Should the studio have more control over him? Look at the footage below and see his response and see how it makes you feel. Does it evoke any feelings from you?
Can he consider himself a reporter delivering unbiased news or opinions? Would you want reporting on hard hitting news topics from Kriski?
Is the style more to the public opinion to be soft and funny in the morning and leave the hard issues to the evening newscast?
Edward R Murrow would be shocked by the way the news has changed. He spoke with integrity and grit. And he did all with dignity and honest and informative reporting. Edward was known for his famous quote. “ American traditions and the American ethic require us to be truthful, but the most important reason is that truth is the best propaganda and lies are the worst. To be persuasive we must be believable; to be believable we must be credible; to be credible we must be truthful. It is as simple as that”.
We must look at where we have come from and where we are headed and decide what best fits our human nature. Somehow the human society needs to go back to the beginning on how reporting should be done. You don’t need to be completely serious or overly comedic to earn the respect of the public. But one should be an honest and informative reporter to the best of his or her ability.