Thursday, September 25, 2008

BuzzFlash's Media Putz Of The Week

The folks at BuzzFlash check in today with their Media Putz of the week, "for reporting that is an embarrassment to the profession of journalism, and for being beholden to corporate paymasters rather than the citizens of America."

This week, the award goes to one of the most despicable non-journalists clogging the airwaves today, Fox News' Sean Hannity, for using an opportunity to interview the tightly-guarded Sarah Palin to ask questions that would have been an embarrassment if coming from a writer for the Wasilla, Alaska high-school newspaper.

Even with the low expectations everyone had for the Republican infomercial we knew he would do, Hannity still managed to hit a new low -- even for him.

Here's BuzzFlash:
Now you would expect given Hannity's journalism background that he would, uh, wait a minute. Oh, that's right. Hannity doesn't have a journalism background.

To quote Wikipedia: "Described as 'an indifferent student', Hannity dropped out of New York University for financial reasons and later decided to pursue a radio career. In 2005, Jerry Falwell, chancellor of Liberty University awarded him an honorary degree." No journalism training, no college degree, no sense of what might be right or wrong, even if that sense is ignored.

As Newshounds points out, "Last year, FOX News defended Sean Hannity's fundraising for then-presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani by saying, 'Sean is not a journalist - Sean is a conservative commentator.'"

Just so we're clear, we aren't making fun of the fact that he doesn't have a college degree. There are thousands of people without a college degree who could ask better questions than Hannity. Most fifth-graders could have done better. Even a second-grader might have asked her why she hates polar bears.
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