Newspaper article Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)

All the Journalism, None of the Drama

Newspaper article Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)

All the Journalism, None of the Drama

Article excerpt

We've added HBO to our cable package at home, just in time for the debut season of a series called "The Newsroom." The show's setting is the production set of a fictional national cable network. The anchorman (Jeff Daniels) is reinvigorated by a past love/current producer (Emily Mortimer) and takes aim at righting the world's wrongs.

There are lots of good-looking people. There are love triangles. There's a curmudgeonly, alcoholic boss (Sam Waterston) and an angry, powerful bigger boss (Jane Fonda).

But while the storylines are ripped from past headlines, there's plenty of historical cheating.

So far, this up-and-coming program has been the first to report the depths of the oil spill from the Deepwater Rig (which, in real life, didn't become an issue for a couple of days). It has shown restraint in not announcing that Congresswoman Gabbie Giffords was killed (she wasn't, though it was reported that she was) in an attack at a constituent event in Arizona. It has taken both the Tea Party and conservative commentators to task for allegedly spreading falsehoods.

All well and good, but it also has all been padded by perspective - something those in the what's happening now world of reporting often have no time to consider.

Were you watching when the Supreme Court decision on the health care act came down? Both Fox News and CNN, scanning the first page of the report, got it wrong, saying that the law had been struck down.

Both networks then backtracked, and about 10 minutes later got it right, that the mandate was upheld as a tax.

Here at the Courier & Press, metro editor Ryan Reynolds waited and waited as he saw conflicting reports.

Despite an editor over his shoulder wondering why our website hadn't been updated, Reynolds waited long enough to get it right. Without the drama -and the love interests -it was a performance worthy of "The Newsroom."

Now it's up to us to continue to get it right as we improve our delivery of the news via smartphones and tablets, along with courierpress. …

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