So here you have it again, yet another elitist “professional” journalist calling into question a blogger’s credentials.
I am of course talking about Fox News’ Megyn Kelly who in criticizing the recent Newsweek cover story which asked “Why Are Obama’s Critics So Dumb,” questioned the credentials of its author Andrew Sullivan. Specifically Kelly, on a Fox broadcast, openly asked “why Newsweek had not put what she called an “actual journalist” on the cover, instead of Sullivan.”
Funny thing, and has it relates to questions of professional journalism, I cannot help but wonder if this is a case of the pot calling the kettle black.
After all wasn’t it Kelly who appeared in the December GQ magazine modelling black lingerie, prompting one newspaper to report that she “looked like a sex kitten as she posed for the revealing shoot.”
Correct me if I am wrong, but as far as I know there are no boudoir shots of Sullivan floating around anywhere . . . not that anyone would need to see that!
As a fan of the television series Everybody Loves Raymond, I am immediately reminded of the segment where Robert in protestation after being found in a compromising position with his girlfriend Amy, defiantly tells his mother that he is not out of control. Frank’s response “Hard to make that argument without pants” which is pure gold, can also be applied to this situation as well.
In the end, all Megyn Kelly’s repeated “quips” expressing her opinion that Sullivan isn’t a real journalist prove, is that anyone can get on TV . . . even without pants!
In the meantime, to really understand the impact that social media and in particular what is referred to as citizen journalism has and is having on traditional media such as newspapers and television, here is the link to a panel discussion I had hosted featuring amongst others The Young Turks’ Cenk Uygur (Public Workshops and Roundtables: How Will Journalism Survive the Internet Age?).
Additional Source; Daily Mail Online article “Hello boys! Newsreader Megyn Kelly goes from Fox to foxy as she strips off for magazine shoot“