To have devoted more than 30 years of my life as a journalism professional, international trainer and university educator, it is a sad day to see my profession reduced to this.
Today several major news organizations—including the three major networks ABC, CBS and NBC—chose to report the Vanity Fair magazine story with Bruce (Caitlyn) Jenner on the cover.
Let me make this perfectly clear. If Bruce Jenner is happier today as the woman Caitlyn than he was as the man Bruce, that is all right with me.
However, this is not a story worthy of coverage by a serious organizations. It is better reported by Hollywood Reporter and broadcast on Entertainment Tonight.
When thousands of humans are suffering inhumane treatment at the hands of Boko Haram terrorist abductors in Nigeria, that is news we should care about and demand that the victims be saved.
When thousands of ethnic minorities are denied citizenship in Myanmar/Burma and forced to live in what are virtually concentration camps, that is news we should care about and demand change.
When millions of Americans are unemployed, live in unsafe neighborhoods, and subjected to substandard education, that is news we should care about and our national outrage should persist until our leaders act.
The serious media should pay more attention to these issues and ignore unimportant, frivolous voyeurism that is nothing more than titillating gossip.
Save it for personal email and social media but don’t claim the Caitlyn Jenner’s Vanity Fair photo spread is serious news.
It isn’t and shouldn’t be presented as such.
The Newshour on Public Broadcast Service (PBS) maintained its standards this evening by ignoring the Jenner story.
ABC, CBS and NBC, regrettably, today proved they are no better than any other tabloid bottom feeders.
Today I’m embarrassed to say that I’m a journalist.