I don't usually shamelessly shill for my Tuesday "Media Savvy" columns here on 21Q. But, I'm making an exception in this case because it's a Q&A with radio and TV legend Daniel Schorr, 91 (pictured).
Not only will you be able to read Schorr's thoughts on the state of the media world (hint: kinda bleak), but you'll also be able to hear the entire interview. Yup, I've succumbed and done a podcast. (After hearing my voice, you'll know why I chose print as my medium.)
Anyway, here's a taste of vintage Schorr from my interview:
Q: You talk in one of the commentaries about how, in TV, visuals dominate content. Is that troubling?
A: In many of the (reports) I did for CBS and CNN, you had to read the teleprompter, got to get the right shade of Max Factor to put on. You got to go out and stand on a street corner to say it because saying it in the studio doesn’t look exciting enough. Here (at NPR), I can do it just sitting down. Let me tell you, you may someday know that when you reach that age, sitting down is wonderful.
As if to illustrate Schorr's point about the importance of makeup in TV news, here's a YouTube clip of a MSNBC anchor's lipstick slip (coming at about the 30-second mark):