Monday, March 26, 2007

Smell the News

On Morning Edition Renee Montagne speaks to Frank Ahrens of The Washington Post about the stupid celebrity gossip site TMZ which is setting up an outlet in Washington, D.C. Ahrens says, "It’s the hottest news gathering site in terms of growth...." Montagne at least has the sense to raise a weak challenge to this statement, responding, "And you call it a news gathering site, I mean I think of it as a gossip gathering site..."

That's the high point of the interview. Ahrens forges ahead, "Let’s think about the definition of event happens and somebody sees it, reports it, and publishes many ways it’s kind of shoe leather journalism."

Shoe leather journalism! Does Montagne protest? Not a peep. On the contrary, as Ahrens tells Montagne that TMZ loves "vacation photos of, you know, celebrities in the Caribbean who are wearing swim suits and they shouldn’t" Montagne joins right in, aiming for the lowest common denominator, "yeah that’s a little scary," she says, "the thought of some of our folks on the Hill in a swimsuit..."

1 comment:

Kevan Smith said...

NPR is trying very hard to be more hip, and I think this is part of the effort. (See also: Radio Zack.) They absolutely have to get into the 24-to-44 demographic more because they have topped out with their core audience. In fact, for the past few years, they've shown a downturn in listenership. I researched this the other day but decided not to write anything until I can see some internal memos. However, David Giovannoni has some very interesting material at his ARA website: .