Chapter 12 – Conflicting Loyalties
Entertainment News Put First in the News
A short mockumentary about news outlets’ obsession with celebrity gossip and fluff pieces, the clip illustrates how real news is pushed aside in favor of celebrity gossip which draws higher ratings and more interest than more serious current issues. Should news organizations cater to the whims of the public or do they have a duty to report on stories about government, economics and social crisis first? Running time 4 minutes 51 seconds.
An Evening with Buckley
An interview with Christopher Buckley, the author of “Thank You for Smoking.” Running time 28 minutes 46 seconds.
McClellan book reveals truth to public
Interview of Scott McClellan, former press secretary for President Bush, who published a memoir saying he was forced to present false information to the American public. While some have accused McClellan of being disloyal to his former employer, McClellan argues he could no longer hide the truth from the public. Running time 22 minutes 16 seconds.
Watch Dogs or Lap Dogs?
Dr. Joseph Russomanno, Associate Professor of Journalism at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, focuses on the First Amendment, press freedom theory and mass communication law. His research includes the historical development of free expression and its philosophical roots. Running time 48 minutes 9 seconds.