"Matt has, sort of, I don’t want to describe it as highbrow, but sensitivity about his journalistic credentials. He only wants to go after what he perceives as really important stories. Did he want to do Kim Kardashian filing for divorce? Absolutely not. He hates the seedy, gossipy stuff—but he has to do it."
Reviewing Chelsea Clinton’s debut on Rock Center
Not surprisingly, Chelsea received most of her knocks from TV reporters:
Aside from the slightly surreal fact that it was Chelsea Clinton doing the work, the report was straight out of the feel-good news playbook. [HuffPo]
Rather, what was surprising to see on Monday night’s show is how someone can be on TV in such a prominent way and, in her big moment, display so very little charisma — none at all. Either we’re spoiled by TV’s unlimited population of giant personalities or this woman is one of the most boring people of her era. [WashPo]
Ms. Clinton is a little self-conscious on camera and doesn’t have the kind of richly modulated anchor voice most television reporters acquire, but that actually gave her piece a more natural feel — like a video blog on Current TV. [NYT]
Chelsea doesn’t “pop” off the screen, to use an industry term—her demeanor is reserved, she doesn’t project her voice like a broadcaster. Not that most viewers probably cared. [DailyBeast]
Her voice — the first time most of us have even heard it — was pleasing and plummy, but monochromatic. [NewsDay]
It looks like she has some work to do if she wants to impress her new ‘colleagues.’ But only time will tell to see where Chelsea lands at the end of her three-month contract.
Let the media circus begin in T-minus…
PennLive.com reported that a Pennsylvania judge initially banned Internet use in the courtroom, but changed his mind on Monday after hearing an attorney representing major media outlets. It was argued that the ban would pose challenges on journalists to do their jobs effectively, and delay their ability to report information out to the public. [via]
Can we note the overly dramatic word choice in the AP article about Hurricane Irene:
roars toward the U.S. coast
which pounded Texas
raked across the state’s south
the storm slashed directly across
were buffeting the north coast
Note: Hurricane Irene is a potentially serious threat to those living in its path. However, I do not appreciate the sensationalist reporting in this article.