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Sherry and I have started watching House of Cards, and as a guy who still considers himself a journalist, I couldn't help but notice the many real-world broadcast reporters who appear in episodes playing themselves, interviewing characters from the series.

This is Brian Williams Syndrome without the lies.

Journalists should make names for themselves by being better journalists instead of trying to star in entertainment roles, dammit.

The question of whether broadcast reporters truly are journalists is an easy one. Bob Simon was a journalist. Richard Engel is a journalist. There are others. But all of the fluff-headed pretty faces who haven't worked in years to develop a new source or do anything but play "me too" on major stories that appear elsewhere? Not so much.

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sahlah
Feb. 15th, 2015 03:42 pm (UTC)
Have you ever seen the original House of Cards? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/House_of_Cards_%28UK_TV_series%29

I can't watch the Netflix version because I just loved the original one years ago. And you can just watch it and not worry about all the silly "reporters."

Agreed on who can wear the title journalist.
patrick_vecchio
Feb. 15th, 2015 03:59 pm (UTC)
Didn't see the original. I don't watch much television, but I am finding that a couple of episodes of a series each night are relaxing. "Breaking Bad" got me started. However, I am going to set Mondays at 10 p.m. aside for Better Call Saul.

Thanks for the link. I didn't know the original was British. I'm liking this one because I see parallels between the show characters and real-life ones.
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