ICN’s Guide To TV Career Destruction

With all the stuff that has broken out recently about various TV news personalities and how their careers may or may not be in trouble it’s becoming increasingly difficult to sort it all out

So in steps ICN to guide you the viewer on how not all career destructions are created equal. Let’s get to it…

Things that will destroy your career if you are a straight TV journalist:

– Lying
– Exaggerating
– A sex scandal
– Age (particularly if you are female)
– Social Media Transgressions (if your news organization’s main base is located in Georgia)
– Criticizing your network in public (unless you are the flagship news anchor or similar star level talent)
– Faking a news story (There’s one exception to this. See below)

Things that will never destroy your career if you are a straight TV journalist:

– Making up a news story for fun and it winds up getting posted on your news organization’s website

Things that may or may not destroy your career if you are a straight TV journalist:

– Having an opinion that’s expressed off your network’s air (depends on the opinion expressed and the context of expressing it)
– Plagiarism (may not if your news organization’s main base is located in Georgia)
– Cherry picking facts to relay in your story (depends on the story and what got cherry picked)
– Thoroughness in your reporting (depends on the story)
– A drug or alcohol addiction (as long as you make a complete recovery your career will live)
– Going over the top in reacting to a story with snide commentary (depends on the commentary and who/what is being snarked on apparently)
– Having a conflict of interest (depends on your star power and how vigilant your network chooses to be in enforcing conflict of interest rules)
– Creative editing in your story (depends on what got edited and how big the story)

Things that will destroy your career if you are a TV opinion pundit

– A sex scandal (has to be verifiable to be fatal)
– Criticizing your network in public (unless you are that top dog that the network cannot afford to lose)
– Pissing off the White House (if they are considered a courted demographic of your network’s direction)

Things that will never destroy your career if you are a TV opinion pundit

– Lying (as long as it’s not to your bosses)
– Exaggerating (see above)
– Faking a News Story
– Cherry picking facts to relay in your story
– Plagiarism (it will inflict damage but it’s rarely fatal)
– Having an opinion that’s expressed off your network’s air (as long as it’s not critical of said network)
– Age (unless you’ve gone senile as a result)
– Having a conflict of interest (particularly if you represent a key demographic your networks in Rockefeller Center and the Avenue of The Americas are targeting)
– Creative editing in your story

Things that may or may not destroy your career if you are a TV opinion pundit

– Thoroughness in your reporting (depends on your standing in your organization)
– A drug or alcohol addiction (depends on how big a hypocrite it makes you look, full recovery or not)
– Expressing an opinion counter to the direction your network is headed with a story (unless you were brought on specifically for that role)

4 Responses to “ICN’s Guide To TV Career Destruction”

  1. “With all the stuff that has broken out recently about various TV news personalities and how their careers may or may not be in trouble it’s becoming increasingly difficult to sort it all out.”

    ^^ Not really. It’s actually pretty simple.

    If your career depends on your audience trusting what you say and you lie; your career is, almost assuredly, over.

    If your career depends on telling your audience lies they already believe to be true; your career is not only safe but your ratings will soar and your bosses will probably increase your salary and extend your contract.

  2. Wow. Top notch, there, fritz.

  3. Wow, fritz! Have you been asked to be on Stelter’s show yet?

  4. Best way to survive is to get the accusers to be clearly biased and people fired from the company you work for. BO couldn’t have a better first accuser that Corn

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