I used to find the Saturday reports of Don Lemon entertaining. It was akin to a house party where instead the host discussed the latest news of the week. Easy going and not hard to look at he also fit the bill as he was both gay and a man of color and we white liberals if you can get two birds in one stone it's perfect! Don had not come out yet as neither had Anderson Cooper but *wink wink* it was hardly a secret to those in the know - sophisticated white liberals who watch the news and like their right wing relatives, condense into a 140 characters and Facebook or Tweet it. It is the new town crier. Imagine Paul Revere today warning us he would never leave the house!
Cable News is the new town crier and man they almost do cry with the histrionics they generate. So the 10 Worst in news this year is almost always topped by Cable. And CNN should rule there is another plane crash over Asia and this should give them another several weeks of endless reporting.
As since CNN is in its umpteenth makeover to garner viewers they promoted and in turn tossed out the old clothes and kept a few that well didn't quite fit but still sort of kind of were still good. I never thought Don Lemon was a "journalist" much like many of the color commentators that adorn the lights of most cable news - Rachel Maddow is one example oh wait almost all are except for Chris Hayes who gave that up to be on MSNBC. But that is akin to saying Bill O'Reilly is actually an author as well.
The Columbia Journalism school came out with their worst list and there are some glaring exceptions such as the Atlantic and their prison gang story, the failure of journalists to admit they knew and covered up the Cosby rumors - David Carr is one such example - the collapse of the New Republic, more Today show bullshit (that seems to be as annual as the New Year) and of course the random shit that defines local news or as documented by the Newspaper Death Watch.
But this top 10 list may explain why people don't read news anymore. Its been shitty for a long time but ever met a desperate former significant other? You just can't quit them sometimes. I read yes, read, where people spend 40 minutes a day reading Facebook. Well how about try reading something like a magazine, a newspaper or listening to real news on either Al Jazeera America or BBC America and then having a conversation with someone who has a thought.
That last one might be a problem. I actually spoke to someone who had no idea who Stephen Hawking is when speaking of the current film out about his youth and then asked if he was still alive? Like I said, good luck on that last one. Funny I did meet a bus driver, yes a driver of the bus, who was dying to see the current roster of films and was excited that I had seen many. I just saw Nightcrawler about the stringers of local media and the pressure for the "get" in the story. Fantastic cast and interesting story that jumped the shark in the last 15 minutes but I think it explains the need for sensational in journalism.
So lists are also a part of the season of the new year and I will start with this one: The irony is that I took it from USA Today a "paper" also trying to remake and reinvent itself and I have found it to be a useful source. 40 Minutes a day try it.
Rolling Stone, Don Lemon top 2014 worst of journalism list
Among those cited by CJR for its 2014 DART awards are CNN, CBS' 60 Minutes and Rolling Stone magazine.
At the top of the CJR list is Rolling Stone for its narrative on "Jackie," a disturbing story about a University of Virginia undergraduate who said she was gang-raped at a fraternity.
After the article was published, the university suspended activity of Greek organizations on campus. Within days, though, big problems with the article began to surface, including the fact that the reporter, Sabrina Rubin Erdely, didn't contact the alleged perpetrators of Jackie's rape to get their side of the story.
CNN's Don Lemon also got a DART for several cringe-worthy on-air fumbles this year.
Lemon, who has established himself as one of CNN's go-to-reporters on big stories, was cited for gaffes that included pondering whether Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 was swallowed by a black hole and telling an alleged rape victim of Bill Cosby, "You know, there are ways not to perform oral sex if you don't want to do it. ... Meaning the use of teeth, right?"
In the midst of last month's unrest in Ferguson, Mo., Lemon offered this nugget from the scene, "Obviously, there's the smell of marijuana in the air."
CJR also took aim at 60 Minutes' Lara Logan for her segment "The Ebola Hot Zone." Reporting on the virus in Liberia, the South Africa-native Logan managed not to air one interview with an African.
Others receiving DARTs include Grantland for barely mentioning, in a story on the inventor of a superior golf club, that the inventor committed suicide after being outed by the reporter as transgender; Time for suggesting that "feminist" ought to be on its annual list of banished words; and Fox & Friends for joking about NFL player Ray Rice knocking his fiancee unconscious.