John King Explains Why He Is Not a Real Journalist

John King

When a man jumped the White House fence on August 2nd and was taken down by the Secret Service, John King’s program was already broadcasting live from the location. King commented:

Now you see, if you are ever thinking about this, the inevitable result if you hop that fence. … One of the things we don’t like to do is give too much coverage to this – if it is a political stunt, it would encourage somebody else to do it. So we’re going to turn away from this for now and come back to our coverage. … You never know what happens if you come down here. But the Secret Service, as always, performing quickly and admirably to bring it to a close.

He later told Don Lemon:

We usually don’t give these things any coverage, Don, because political stunts can happen, people trying to make a political statement, who want to be on television, jump the fence. Because we were on live television, from the White House, what had happened – we did show it.

2 Responses to John King Explains Why He Is Not a Real Journalist

  1. Anon73 August 6, 2011 at 1:32 am #

    I’d phrase it as this incident shows what “journalism” is currently – when “political statements” from politicians get firsthand by the minute coverage, but “political statements” from the rest of us don’t get any coverage.

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