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  •  the amazing thing here (5+ / 0-)

    is that we're all just accepting that having gone to an ivy league school, and having been accepted to said school as the child of a president automatically qualifies one for any job anywhere.

    and thus that broadcast journalism can basically be practiced at the highest levels by anyone with a pedigree, no matter what the course of study in higher ed, no matter if they have any experience doing actual media work.

    do they even have schools of journalism anymore? is it still a profession or not?

    •  huh? (3+ / 0-)

      Chelsea went to three world-class institutions. While you can debate about whether she would have been admitted on her merits alone, that she decided to go to school for years and years after college shows that she's a serious and smart person.

      Frankly, J school is useless, even for journalists. Good journalism is curiosity+writing skills, and neither of those can be effectively taught by the time you reach college. I'd much rather someone with a Public Health degree (like Chelsea) cover the medicare debate than someone with a journalism degree.

      •  Journalism School (1+ / 0-)
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        venger

        Isn't that where these assholes learn to learn to ask REALLY STUPID QUESTIONS?

        No doubt they probably get 50 credit hours alone from classes that teach 'em how to ignore obvious shit the rest of us can plainly see....

        "Ronald Reagan is DEAD! His policies live on but we're doing something about THAT!"

        by leftykook on Fri Dec 28, 2012 at 10:07:07 AM PST

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      •  funny, i thought the war on professionalism (0+ / 0-)

        was a conservative thing. so now both education and journalism are professions that anyone can just walk in and do, regardless of academic discipline or job experience, if they have a degree from the right schools and/or the right parentage. would you say the same of doctors or engineers, then?

        if chelsea was getting an entry level job doing something related to public health, i wouldn't be raising this point. in fact, she went from grad school to highly paid capital investment consultant jobs, and her media correspondent job was on a show that highlights people volunteering for their community. her academic credentials have nothing to do with either jobs, her parentage does.

        •  her credentials demonstrate her competence (0+ / 0-)

          As I said, J school is a waste of time, not because I don't believe in professionalism, but because journalism is only in part a skill that is teachable.

          Brian Williams never finished college, and Dan Rather's graduate degree is a JD, not an MA in Journalism. Woodward studied history and English at Yale. Most good journos I know did not go to J school, and having done so is not a qualifier.

          Would it be possible for Chelsea to have her own success, or no matter what she does throughout her life, it's because of her parents, regardless of the fact that even when you are handed things, you still have to then do the work. If she's terrible at these jobs, she won't have them for very long, instead she seems very good at them, based on her respectful but insistent questioning of Rick Warren.

          If it takes someone who has grown up around power to speak truth to it, then I am all for Chelsea filling that role.

          •  the rest of us enter on the ground floor (0+ / 0-)

            chelsea, as with other members of the ruling class, entered at the top. lots of people have degrees from good schools, very few get handed this many prominent gigs without training or experience.

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