Al Roker is Not Bob Woodward

Some things to consider when watching this video:

—Today’s network, NBC, just happens to be the same network that airs I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here!

—Al Roker was not forced at gunpoint to interview Spencer and Heidi.

—The exploits of Speidi have been by far the most discussed aspect of I’m a Celebrity...

Al Roker seems to think that he was taking Speidi to task and asking them “real” questions in this interview. He also tweeted his contempt for them: “Heidi and Spencer are an interesting couple. famous for…being infamous. Bad and vacuous behavior. I think we’re at minute 11 of their 15.”

Now, I’m on the record as loving The Hills and finding the show fascinating. But I get that I am in the minority in that opinion. That’s fine. Not everyone is going to find the affairs of the Pratts as interesting as I do. I am OK with that.

What I am not OK with, however, is putting Spencer and Heidi on a reality show that bills them as the villains and then cross-promoting the show by asking if they are “proud” of the behavior that is making the show popular. Does Al Roker wonder if Fear Factor contestants are proud of their behavior on that show?

If Roker really wants to speed up Speidi’s “15 minutes,” probably the easiest way would be to, I don’t know, NOT interview them on national television, tweet about it after, and then respond to it on the air the next day.

People complain a lot about the media covering frivolous thing. What’s much worse than that, though, is when people in the media start complaining about the frivolity of what they cover as they cover it. If something is important or interesting, cover it; if it is not, then don’t. But don’t cover something by explaining how irrelevant it is.

Just talking about how Paris Hilton is not news is not, in itself, news. And “attacking” Heidi and Spencer with questions like “Are you proud?” is not good journalism. It’s just manipulative.

One response to this post.

  1. […] and rejection are the default response to pretty much everything: the iPhone, print media, The Hills, the blogosphere, Barack Obama, Juno, Fox News. When such contrarianism becomes so pervasive and […]


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