Wednesday, April 16, 2008
Tabloid Journalism: An Alternative Viewpoint
"The idea is to have as many people as possible getting information."
"I am paid to draw a crowd."
-Phil Donahue, denouncing the negative sentiment towards tabloid journalism
Although this Charlie Rose interview is from November of 1994, it is far from outdated. Rose talks with Phil Donahue, a television personality whose tabloid talk show ended in 1996. Donahue is cited as the inspiration for daytime talk shows, ranging from Oprah to The Maury Show.
With the creation of more television programs based on tabloid journalism, like TMZ on TV, is Donahue's defense still valid?