Jay Rosen is a very serious thinker and writer about journalism (check out PressThink to see what I mean).
You can add good sport to that; he appeared in a segment on Thursday night’s episode of The Daily Show.
It was called The New Journalism and was reported by “senior journalism correspondent” Rob Corddry.
I don’t know if I’d be a Daily Show guest. You’re going to wind up looking goofy no matter what. You’re there to help generate laughs, not insight.
But Rosen was good enough to go on.
He started off by explaining how the mainstream media doesn’t have the same influence it once did, that professional and amateur journalists were getting to be on the same plane, and that essentially, there were no rules anymore.
“Sort of like f–king in the 1970s,” Corddry observed.
That appeared to catch Rosen slightly off-guard.
The program talked a bit about blogging. Corddry said declaratively to Rosen, “you’re a blogger.” Rosen happily agreed that indeed he was. “Well thank you for wearing pants,” Corddry said.
Unfortunately, the sound died for most of the segment, but Corddry took the obligatory shots at targets like “Jeff Gannon” and Armstrong Williams.
For media junkies, it’s worth a look-see, but don’t kill yourself if you missed it. It wasn’t a classic. Check the Daily Show website over the next few days; maybe they’ll post the clip.
For some earlier thoughts by moi on Daily Show-style interviews, see my post Moore burns another one!