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Old 02-12-2017, 09:23 AM
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Media "experts" [edited title]

The media is always trotting out these "experts" on both sides. What exactly does it take to be considered a "expert" by the media ?
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Old 02-12-2017, 09:25 AM
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To appear on the media as an expert you have to have had appeared on the media as an expert.
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Old 02-12-2017, 09:37 AM
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You have to be articulate, have a specialty that's in demand, and, most importantly, be available.

I worked for someone who was one of these experts. If the media called, he'd take the call immediately. If he couldn't do that, he'd call back ASAP. And he'd give good quotes.

So the next time that reporter needed an expert on that subject, he'd be the first person called. Eventually, he worked up from newspapers to radio to TV.

It also helps if you're a while male.
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Old 02-12-2017, 11:43 AM
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Some universities promote members of the faculty as experts in various fields. So if a reporter called the media affairs office at State University, the media rep will consult their faculty directory for someone who is an expert in that field and is articulate and can explain stuff well. Universities may even send their faculty to training to learn how to work with reporters, and some have studio facilities right on campus.
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Old 02-12-2017, 05:33 PM
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You pretty much have to be in a protected class. White male experts are not in very much demand.
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Old 02-12-2017, 06:30 PM
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You pretty much have to be in a protected class. White male experts are not in very much demand.
I stay away from cable news for my health, so I was curious which of you was right. Did some image searches: "expert panel msnbc," "expert panel cnn," "expert panel fox news," and some variations.

My quick and dirty findings: you're both partly right (and wrong). Every panel I spotted in a photo had at least one white male on it. It was, however, unusual to see a panel where white men were the majority.
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Old 02-12-2017, 08:23 PM
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Please try to make thread titles descriptive. I've edited this one to make it clearer what the thread is about.
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Old 02-12-2017, 09:51 PM
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You pretty much have to be in a protected class. White male experts are not in very much demand.
When is the white man finally going to catch a break?
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