Experts Or Phrase Makers?

Konner, Joan

In a single week recently I was called by six different news organizations and asked to comment on a variety of matters relating to press issues: one radio station, one television network, a wire service, two newspapers and one journalism student from a different university. The subjects were: the demise of the Los Angeles Herald Examiner; television reenactments, docudramas and simulations; the Janet Malcolm-Joseph McGinniss affair (still) and campaign commercials. It was not an unusual week. Ever since I became dean of the Journalism School in September, 1988, everyone, it seems, wants my opinion on everything. This comes as a jolt to someone who grew up in a time when no one listened to children, became an adult when no one listened to women, and then entered this business where people don't listen to anyone except their boss if they want to get ahead.


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November 5, 2015