Unwritten rules of radio and TV journalism

@urbandekay (18306)
July 11, 2007 1:22am CST
After moments of painstaking research I have deduced the unspoken rules of journalism. Generally, if talking to a man about a serious issue a journalist may try and cross-examine them and pull them up on any contradictory statements they make, etc. On less serious matters it is considered appropriate to humiliate or denigrate the man or men in general. These rules do not apply in certain circumstances however. In these circumstances the interviewer must show respect and deference, never questioning the contradictory statements and never subjecting the recipient to humiliation or denigration. Can you guess what these exceptions are? all the best urban
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@cdparazo (5768)
• Philippines
11 Jul 07
When the one being interviewed are persons of power either in church or in the government.
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@urbandekay (18306)
11 Jul 07
Hi, I should have said I was talking about the British media and powerful figures in Church and government would be the first to be lampooned. But no doubt your coments are correct about your own media? all the best urban
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@mcrowl (1050)
• New Zealand
11 Jul 07
Your rules sound about right, Urban. They're much the same at home in NZ, where certain interviewers are notorious for their aggression. As for the people who are treated with respect and deference, I'd say these are probably celebrities, especially pop artists!
@mcrowl (1050)
• New Zealand
11 Jul 07
By the way, I'm now in the UK, but haven't been near your neck of the woods yet.
@urbandekay (18306)
11 Jul 07
Good suggestions and probably true but not what I had in mind all the best urban
@mcrowl (1050)
• New Zealand
11 Jul 07
Awww....Urban, don't tell me I'm wrong again!