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Commentary: Broadcaster's personal story reminds me of faults in newscasts

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Last Friday's edition of WKRG-TV's local morning news program ("WKRG News 5 This Morning") had John Nodar of their weather department share a story about a Chinese student he knew deciding not to pursue a job in news gathering (John Nodar actually used the technical term "journalism" for news gathering, even though news gathering may not always involve writing) because it would involve "being told what to say" (the news presenter for the morning news program (Devon Walsh) responded by saying, "We say a lot of things").

I found his story very interesting because it reminded me of my belief that news, sports, and weather broadcasters like him were told to express personal feelings about the information they were either reporting or presenting for their stations' newscasts, whether they be their own personal feelings or not (for example, their bosses' personal feelings), and told to act unprofessional or silly in those newscasts too.

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