Hedda Hopper, b. 1885
› Columnist for LA Times
› Radio Show
Louella Parsons, b. 1881
Gossip columnist for Hearst
› E! News
› Web site
› Radio Show
› Web site w/blog
› Radio Perez
Chelsea Lately, E!
Best Week Ever, VH-1
The Soup, E!
Poke fun at celebrities
Highlight the ridiculous
Timeliness Did something happen recently or did we just
learn about it?
Impact Are many people affected or just a few?
Proximity Did something happen close to home, or did it
involve people from here?
Controversy Are people in disagreement about this?
Conflict Is there confrontation or violence involved?
Prominence Is a well-known person involved?
Currency Are people here talking about this?
Oddity Is what happened unusual?
Dateline NBC series “To Catch a Predator” 2004-2008
Adults from a group called Perverted Justice (paid
$100,000) pose as children online to attract men
trolling for sex. A meeting is arranged by telephone.
The purported predator arrives at a house with
› With the videotape rolling, reporter Chris Hansen, enters
› Depending on the visitor's response - some make excuses
or invent other reasons for their presence, some walk out
the door, some confess - Hansen might read from a
printed log of online chat
› the man is invited to leave, if he hasn't done so already.
› As soon as he's outside the house, local law enforcement
teams rush him, wrestle him to the ground and make the
NBC’s “To Catch a Predator”
› Here’s a clip
High ratings (viewership for NBC, MSNBC)
Few actual prosecutions of arrested men
NBC got sued and settled out of court, 2008
Ethical outrage from other news media
Dateline NBC returns to more varied and less
The Daily Show, Comedy Central
› Is Jon Stewart the most trusted man in
› Addresses real news by pointing to its silliness
› Pew Research (2007)
16% of Americans said they regularly watched
quot;The Daily Showquot; or quot;The Colbert Report.”
17% said they regularly watched Fox News'
quot;The O'Reilly Factor,quot; and 14% watched PBS'
quot;NewsHour with Jim Lehrerquot; regularly