“They think having a camera makes them a journalist. Instead, this is a cheap caricature of journalism,” writes Columbia journalism school Dean of Student Affairs Sree Sreenivasan, who recently became one of O’Keefe’s interview subjects. “He shows once again that ambush interviews and selective editing don’t make you into a citizen journalist.”
Why not? Ambush interviews and editing — and by its very nature, all editing is “selective” — have been a staple of Sixty Minutes and their legacy media knock-offs or decades. Presumably Sreenivasan has condemned this form of journalism as well, right?
As Hugh Hewitt as written, the bitter and clinging facility of the Columbia Journalism School are desperately trying to save the old order. Or to put it another way, Investigative Journalism: It’s All Fun and Games until the MSM Gets Stung.