Monthly Archives: August 2017

More “Cronkite Moments,” Please, ASAP!

Mere weeks ago, The Washington Post ran a story headlined “‘Lie after lie after lie’: Fox News’s Shepard Smith has a Cronkite moment on Russia,” which caught our attention because the Lear Center reveres the TV journalistic legacy of Walter Cronkite and presents biennial awards named for him. Watch the… More

A Tale of Two Portrayals: Suicide and Eating Disorders on Netflix

Two recent projects by Netflix, 13 Reasons Why and To the Bone, have attracted attention among public health officials for their portrayals of serious issues – rape, suicide and eating disorders. 13 Reasons is based on the popular novel by Jay Asher and involves a teen who commits suicide (in a heart-wrenching, four-minute wrist-cutting scene) after sending… More

The Power of Media

I believe in the power of media, for good or bad, and I’ve dedicated my career to getting people to think about how entertainment impacts us. ​ And what better place than the Norman Lear Center to look at these issues? I attended a TV Academy event a while back… More