Talent?

Rachel at Throng is gobsmacked by the use of the word “talent” to describe witnesses. To be frank I am too…it just goes to show that both channels see the news as entertainment akin to New Zealand’s Next Top Crim.

Did you know that people interviewed on ONE News and 3 News are now referred to as “talent” by reporters?  We were surprised and uncomfortable to hear it being used in this context.

When Kate Lynch and Amanda Gillies clarified their recent stories to Throng, both used the curious word:

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Proof positive that the talking heads are actually living in lala land.


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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story.  And when he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet.   Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet, and as a result he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist that takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him.  But you can’t ignore him.

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