Brave, bold, fearless and fair is how I would describe the four national TV news anchors and correspondents I have chosen as my best for 2016. As journalists we should all want to model after the work done by Jake Tapper, Gretchen Carlson, Tom Llamas and Jim Acosta. In a business that is challenged by fake news and “wannabe news celebrities” these four journalists are the real “truth seekers.”
JAKE TAPPER: THE BEST TV NEWS INTERVIEWER, SPIN NOT ALLOWED
If you want to learn how to be a great interviewer, all you have to do is watch Jake Tapper every day on CNN.
He uses solid facts to push for the truth and doesn’t allow anyone to add spin to an answer. Whether he is talking to a politician or someone who happens to be where news is breaking, Jake digs deep and peels off the layers.
Thanks Jake for teaching journalists how to do an interview with determination and class.
GRETCHEN CARLSON: THE WOMAN WHO EXPOSED SEXUAL HARASSMENT IN TV NEWS
Gretchen Carlson changed life for women in TV news.
In 2016, she exposed sexual harassment in the newsroom and on the way took down one of the most powerful men in the business AKA Roger Ailes. He had all the power to do what he wanted when he ran Fox News and he did just that. Under his rule, women had to be beautiful, wear body hugging dresses, shorten the hems and show lots of leg when on-air.
But when Ailes’ power turned to sexual harassment, Gretchen skillfully planned how to expose him. She filed a lawsuit. Her former co-workers at Fox News, including several women turned on her. Shame on them! Not even current Fox princess, Meygan Kelly had the courage to speak up until she had to especially when it was time to promote her book.
Eventually Ailes was shown the door with a 40 million dollar paycheck, and Gretchen settled too. Thank you Gretchen for giving women in news the courage to stand up, speak up in our newsrooms even if it means losing a job. We do matter more!
TAKING CHARGE ON THE DONALD TRUMP CAMPAIGN TRAIL: JIM ACOSTA AND TOM LLAMAS
Jim Acosta of CNN and Tom Llamas of ABC News lived out of suitcases during the 2016 presidential campaign covering Donald Trump’s every move. They were unstoppable as they pursued the facts even when Trump and his supporters aimed their angry, ugly words and actions at them.
To become a good reporter you have to be fearless when seeking the truth. Well Jim and Tom proved they don’t get angry or even, they just get the job done.
Jim and Tom are also two of the few Latinos covering the political beat on a national level. They are role models to many Latino/Latina journalists coming up the ranks.
Tom and Jim thank you for showing us journalists to push forward when a wall of angry words hit you right in the face from all angles.
Who will be the best in 2017? Stay tuned.
Jesse Watters thought viewers would laugh at his racist Fox News report on Chinatown, now he’s apologizing
Jesse Watters is apologizing tonight on Twitter for a report he thought was clever and funny on Fox News. But it was actually insulting, sick humor, and stereotyped people in the Chinese community.
Jesse Watters claims he is a “political humorist” but his report in Chinatown in New York City on Monday night had little to do with politics. At one point he asked a merchant selling watches “I like these watches. Are they hot?” What does that have to do with politics?
As a journalist, I support the stand taken by the Asian-American Journalist Association (AAJA). The organization wants an apology from Fox News. Paul Cheung, the president of the organization wrote the following on the organization’s website:
It’s 2016. We should be far beyond tired, racist stereotypes and targeting an ethnic group for humiliation and objectification on the basis of their race. Sadly, Fox News proves it has a long way to go in reporting on communities of color in a respectful and fair manner.
Host Bill O’Reilly called the segment “gentle fun.” There was nothing gentle or fun about it. It was rude, offensive, mocking, derogatory and damaging.
WATTERS SENDS THE WRONG MESSAGE TO YOUNG JOURNALISTS
I mentor many young journalists, and speak to dozens of journalism college classes every year. Watters is sending the wrong message to those who want to do TV news. His offensive reports and he has done many, send the message that it is OK to use the airwaves to humiliate and stereotype people of color and hide it all behind the excuse of “humor.”
Watters needs to apologize on the O’Reilly Factor, the same show seen by millions of viewers when he offended the good people of Chinatown. And shame on the Fox News producers and Bill O’Reilly for allowing this racist report to air on Monday night.
No one is laughing!
Once again, you know there was probably not one Asian-American or Asian in the producer’s circle at Fox News to put up a challenge.
“Fair and balanced?” You decide.
Fox News and NPPA are bringing their expertise to the NAHJ convention next week. They will be holding a clinic and boot camp for those registered.
Fox News is offering an on-air clinic. Learn some of the best tips in the broadcast business from Fox News professionals. Sign up to get a one-on-one session. Here’s the link–make your appointment now. http://foxnewsinsider.polldaddy.com/s/fox-news-on-air-career-clinic
NPPA is offering a photojournalism boot camp. Learn how to use photos,video and audio to produce great multimedia projects. Get there early on Thursday, August 7th. Your NAHJ convention registration will cover the cost of this workshop for you.
In journalism you constantly have to grow and that means watching and learning from the best. For veterans in the business, a refresher course is always a good thing.
See you at the convention. Don’t forget you can still register in person. For more on our convention visit NAHJConvention.org
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