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John Oliver’s high moral view of journalism is part of the problem

Beckett, Charlie (2016) John Oliver’s high moral view of journalism is part of the problem. POLIS: journalism and society at the LSE (08 Aug 2016) Blog.

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I know this won’t be a popular position, but I think that the high moral view of journalist/comedian John Oliver about journalism is part of the problem. I enjoy his work and have always thought it’s a part of the multifarious contemporary journalism ecology, just as Jon Stewart was before him. But in his latest critique of the woes of the news media, his (mildly funny) take on local US journalism [which is hugely well funded compared to ‘local’ journalism anywhere else] is rather conservative. He blames the public for failing to pay for the kind of investigative journalism celebrated in the award-winning movie Spotlight. He is guilt-tripping us.

Item Type: Website (Blog)
Official URL: http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/polis/
Additional Information: © 2016 The Author(s)
Library of Congress subject classification: P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN1990 Broadcasting
Sets: Departments > Media and Communications
Research centres and groups > POLIS
Date Deposited: 12 May 2017 08:03
URL: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/76645/

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