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The “Today Show” has hired Jenna Bush Hager as their newest correspondent. Really? I suppose this shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise. After all, the big networks have a history of giving high profile jobs based on nepotism to people with no experience. I don’t know about you, but I feel this is offensive on a number of levels. It’s bad enough that “anchors” and “reporters” on these so called “news” programs these days feel it’s their role to tell us, the audience, how we feel about the news. I remember when their job was to be objective and just tell us what the news was. Now how we feel about the news of the day seems to depend largely on the corporate interest or politics of the particular network we’re watching, or the personal opinion of the person reporting on the news at that moment. Of course, not every single news outlet or reporter does this; there are still a few left out there who have integrity. But this is pretty much how the television news media operates as a whole, in my opinion.
That being said, according to the Associated Press article posted on the Today Show website announcing Jenna’s new job: “Today has hired someone with “White House experience.” I suppose by that reasoning they could have hired Barney. After all, former White House dog Millie did dictate and publish a Memoir in 1990.
The article also states that Mrs. Hager hopes “…to focus on what I’m passionate about because I think I’d do the best job on them – education, urban education, women and children’s issues and literacy.” That’s admirable, but if she truly feels that she would do a better job focusing on those issues, wouldn’t it be more beneficial to her students and herself to stick to her job as a teacher, rather than splitting the job with one as a “Today Show” corespondent? If she is focusing on a career in television as well, I would imagine there are a lot of unemployed teachers out there who really need her job and would truly appreciate having it. Education isn’t the only industry that’s suffering in this economy. You may have heard that the news industry has taken a big hit as well. There are a lot of reporters out there who are looking for a job too. Some who have integrity and objectivity, who know how to report the news without any bias whatsoever. If only there were a network who was hiring……………
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