At least on denoting where cheap journalism ends and where real world-class journalism starts. Needless to rehash the extent at which many insipid stories are propped up to the spotlight, merely on the interest of pushing the media company's ratings (and perhaps its stock market tag) a couple of points up, and I am talking about the overexposed antics of spoiled socialité Paris Hilton by the great majority of news outlets around the world.
Well, finally someone with prominence and presence in the news media machinery took a stand, and a public one at that. Mika Brzezinski of MNSBC refused to follow up on the news script handed over to her calling for the Hilton jail release to be treated as the lead story. Obvious to many except for her producer apparently, the Hilton story was not a worthy item to devote to a lead story position... it never has, never will,
Enough ranting, just see the video...
Many opinions abound on the event. Some say it was staged, some say it was uncalled for but the VAST majority of those who have taken the time to write up a note concur that Mika's call was a shinning spot in an otherwise flat and dull panorama of a news show.
I have been in the commercial broadcast (news media included) for almost 20 years now. Never have I witnessed such action as the one Mika took upon on following up. The line has to be drawn somewhere... those who want their star's gossip can tune into the E! Channel or watch the ET show or day dream while following up on The Lifestyles of The Rich and Famous. Those of us who work hard to earn our keep and overall have a clearly defined professional decency boundary, we welcome more of down to Earth journalism... Mika style.
Kudos to this MSNBC reporter.