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Stupid media tricks

I’d like to cut this poor girl a little slack, but look at this clip and you’ll have to agree: this is really beyond dumb.

Based on my experience, here’s what I think happened.

This was probably written by an associate producer at MSNBC (who probably makes $11 a hour, not 10) and who is a recent graduate of a state college with a degree in journalism (specialty: broadcasting and film) and who is, maybe, 21 years old and has only the faintest idea who Jesse Jackson is (or, rather, was.) The writer relies on information provided by a booker who perhaps is thinking that Jesse Jackson is either one of the Jackson Five, or a former star of major league baseball. In this person’s brain, the only other significant black politician besides Barack Obama is that guy Hal, what’s his name, Sharper? Hal Sharper?


Then again: when you produce news 24 hours a day with a smaller and smaller staff (some of whom are no doubt doing five jobs at once, and spending all their spare time updating their resume reels to look for the next job) and you hire people who work like gypsies, drifting from network to network, and job to job, with no sense of loyalty or corporate pride or institutional memory — let alone, a sense or knowledge of recent American history…well, this is what happens.

Been there, seen that.

H/T The Anchoress.

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posted October 22, 2009 at 9:52 am

Even given the topic under discussion in the clip, there is a great hypocrisy in what you describe, one that is telling of a news media rapidly foreiting any claim to be the fourth estate and play a mediating role in our society.

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posted October 22, 2009 at 3:25 pm

While we all make mistakes, but this one is illustrative of the dramatic lack of care and quality one finds at MSNBC.
Given the Rev. Jackson’s prior unkind comments about Obama, perhaps a Freudian slip was involved.
One might use this mistake to illustrate the idea that the talking heads on MSNBC are just reading the script even though they know the reality in front of their face does not match the script.
Perhaps the announcer was so accustomed to reading lines that do not correlate with reality, that the Rev. Jackson sitting in front of her was not strong enough to overcome the edict, “Read the script.”

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posted October 22, 2009 at 7:00 pm

I wonder if they had originally had Al Sharpton booked for that spot and got Jesse Jackson instead and the script was never changed. She, as someone already mentioned, was just reading the script.
Talking heads.

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