Sunday, March 7, 2010

Undocumented Journalist: Chuck Todd of NBC, MSNBC

In an effort to expose unqualified journalists working in the field without documentation, I will identify whether or not a so-called 'professional' journalist actually holds a degree in journalism or communications.

Why is this important?

'Documented' journalists have been taught in college to cover the who, what, where, when, why, and how of news. But more importantly, they have also been taught the reasons why the framers of the Constitution protected the press from the government in the First Amendment, and the role the press plays as the Fourth Estate by providing final checks and balances over the political process in the United States. Thus, the most basic type of journalist malpractice can be measured through training, or lack thereof.

Simply put, it is not the job of the press to hold one ideology more or less accountable than another. It is the job of the press to objectively report the truth. In the age of Internet news, it is no longer the job of a journalist to decide what is news; it is the job of a journalist to be an educated, skilled professional.
Charles David “Chuck” Todd, born April 8, 1972, is an American journalist, White House correspondent and political director for NBC News, MSNBC, and contributing editor to Meet the Press. He is an occasional contributor to other news outlets, including the Atlantic Monthly.

Todd attended George Washington University from 1990 to 1994. He majored in political science and minored in music. However he did not graduate. While in college, Todd worked for the 1992 presidential campaign of liberal Senator Tom Harkin (D-Iowa).

Todd is an undocumented journalist because he does not hold a degree in journalism or communications.

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