DURING A WASHINGTON POST web discussion, a reader asked former CNN anchor Leon Harris if news anchors are really journalists. Harris responded:
"An anchor SHOULD be a journalist! I can't imagine a company in this business that would risk putting someone who wasn't in this position. We are the gatekeepers, the last check on whatever is going to go on the air in the name of the newsroom and the company. Plus, context is so important. It allows you, the consumer, to understand the "whys" of the world. You can't deliver that reliably - RELIABLY - without a journalistic conscience."
What do you think? Are anchors simply news readers with good hair and fine diction, or are the people who present the news actually journalists?
6 months ago