CBS wants a new enviro reporter: Knowledge of science not necessary

posted at 4:05 pm on November 30, 2007 by Bryan

CBS admits that its reporters, even its science reporters, don’t actually have to know anything to do the job.

CBS is expanding its coverage of the environment. We seek a talented reporter/host for Internet video broadcast. We are looking for smart, creative, hard working up and comers, who can bring great energy, creativity and a dash of humor to our coverage. A deep interest in the environment and sustainability issues will serve you well.

“Interest” and knowledge aren’t the same thing, of course.

You are wicked smart, funny, irreverent and hip, oozing enthusiasm and creative energy. This position requires strong people, reporting, story telling and writing skills. Managing tight deadlines should be second nature. Knowledge of the enviro beat is a big plus, but not a requirement. [emphasis added]

Well, other than the “smart,” “funny,” and “hip” part, that could easily describe Carrot Top. None of it denotes actually knowing the topic.

Responsibilities include reporting and hosting two to three news packages per week plus daily writing for our blog. You should be comfortable using a video camera and the Internet. Be prepared to see America. Heavy domestic travel.

Well, it’s already been obvious that journalists reporting on the war don’t have to know the first thing about the military, so why should a journalist reporting on science have to know anything about science?

(h/t Inhofe EPW blog)

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“Knowledge of (good) science not necessary.”

Was it ever??

locomotivebreath1901 on November 30, 2007 at 4:08 PM

so why should a journalist reporting on science have to know anything about science?

Because then he might report on something accurately.

And CBS can’t have that.

Good Lt on November 30, 2007 at 4:10 PM

Because then he might report on something accurately.

And CBS can’t have that.

Good Lt on November 30, 2007 at 4:10 PM

Yup, and then CBS would no longer stand for Co#king Bu#l $hit…

doriangrey on November 30, 2007 at 4:15 PM

The term “sustainability” drives me nuts. It’s the #1 indication that somebody doesn’t really know what they are talking about.

Big S on November 30, 2007 at 4:16 PM

LOL… because if they were actualy knowledgable about basic science, and the environment… then the whold Man made global warming thing goes right out the window…

On a side note… right now the sunspot actitivity is at its LOWEST limit in a long time… much the same as it was during the 1700s and 1800s when the North American climate was MUCH colder…

Give it some time… its gonna cool off a bit here folks.

Romeo13 on November 30, 2007 at 4:16 PM

CBS wants a new enviro reporter: Knowledge of science not necessary will result in intimidate rejection of applicant

MB4 on November 30, 2007 at 4:17 PM

Knowledge of science not necessary/blockquote>

As a matter of fact, not knowing it is an even bigger plus.

amerpundit on November 30, 2007 at 4:21 PM

I’m guessing that by “vibrant” he means nice cupcakes.

Jaibones on November 30, 2007 at 4:27 PM

For the Communist Broadcasting System, knowledge of the truth is not required either.

The False Dervish on November 30, 2007 at 4:28 PM

Just another insight to the way the MSM thinks. They are going to have to do better than that if they want a spot in the future.

Stupid is what stupid does.

saiga on November 30, 2007 at 4:28 PM

A knowledge of science would simply get in the way of Liberal scientific fundamentalism. The beginning of human life, the effects of second-hand smoke, global warming are opinions that do not need to get muddled up with data. Besides, none of you except brainiacs like Al Gore are smart enough to understand it anyway.

Heavy domestic travel on chartered jets is a must to chase the effects of carbon footprints.

Hening on November 30, 2007 at 4:31 PM

Jules Bergman (yes, I know he worked for ABC :) ), Edward R. Murrow, and all the other classic journalists must be doing 360′s in their grave at how the news profession has declined. In the past, you actually had to know your beat and be willing to do honest research…

Matt Helm on November 30, 2007 at 4:33 PM

Knowledge of the enviro beat is a big plus.

Scientists everywhere cringe.

Zach on November 30, 2007 at 4:33 PM

2 words: Plausible Deniability.

If the reporter doesn’t know squat about science, then they’re blameless when the “science” they report on is later revealed to be bunk.

Like, say… (come on, it’s right there, I know one of you will finish this thought…)

Frozen Tex on November 30, 2007 at 4:36 PM

… and all your information will come by memo…

Mazztek on November 30, 2007 at 4:41 PM

Wow, when I was studying for a minor in Meterology, I had to actually draw isobars and such. Now it’s enviro beat with experience only preferred. I am getting old(sighing)

MNDavenotPC on November 30, 2007 at 4:41 PM

Reporters aren’t scientists? Well gosh, how am I only finding out about this now?

e-pirate on November 30, 2007 at 4:42 PM

The actual employment ad probably looks like this:

The applicant needs to know how to run a copy machine and how to receive a FAX from the DNC and Global Warming Central located in Al Gore’s basement.

Actual knowledge of science or climatology is a disqualification: we will interview only applicants with empty minds who will report the facts exactly as Global Warming Central writes them.

landlines on November 30, 2007 at 4:57 PM

Well, other than the “smart,” “funny,” and “hip” part, that could easily describe Carrot Top. None of it denotes actually knowing the topic.

Do you mean to question Carrot Top’s enviroknowledge?! How dare you, sir!!! How dare anyone question Carrot Top about anything… ever!!!

RightWinged on November 30, 2007 at 5:02 PM

“We want you to report on an industry where bad science could result in wasting many trillions of dollars to practically no benefit. The skill we most need from you: snark.”

eeyore on November 30, 2007 at 5:10 PM

it’s already been obvious that journalists reporting on the war don’t have to know the first thing about the military

Yep, and they have proven that their anchors don’t need to know anything about journalistic integrity. Just as Danny and little Katie cupcake.

Knowledge of the enviro beat is a big plus, but not a requirement.

Translated means “Don’t be concerned about the content, we’ll provide it to you. You just work on that “cute as a button” attitude and everything will be fine.

Brass Pair on November 30, 2007 at 5:29 PM

Creative – good at making up facts.

SIJ6141 on November 30, 2007 at 6:18 PM

Crap. I got home from work tonight to learn I’ve got to spend the weekend deprogramming my daughter from a school viewing of the Discovery Channel’s “Global Warming Is Real and We’ll All Be Dead In 50 Years if You Don’t Vote Democrat” special starring Tom Brokaw.

Hey Tom, make like Katrina and blow me.

saint kansas on November 30, 2007 at 7:13 PM

Go for it, Allah. That job is YOU. Big bucks, travel the states, expense account…a dream job.

Your IQ may hold you back, though. Judging by that ad, they would rather have Kayne West than anyone actually versed in the subject.

rick moran on November 30, 2007 at 8:00 PM

Sorry – Bryan. Same goes for you.

rick moran on November 30, 2007 at 8:00 PM

They could’ve saved a lot of time by saying “Just talk the talk, walking the walk is not necessary.”

RMCS_USN on November 30, 2007 at 8:38 PM

Jules Bergman (yes, I know he worked for ABC :) ), Edward R. Murrow, and all the other classic journalists must be doing 360’s in their grave at how the news profession has declined. In the past, you actually had to know your beat and be willing to do honest research…

Not…necessarily. Even in the golden age. Had an uncle that worked for NASA at Capre Kennedy. He pulled ‘escort’ for journos during several of the launch events. He mentioned that Bergman, even after covering Space and NASA for years, really had no actual understanding of what he was covering – most of the time he regurgitated exactly what the NASA PR folks told him – and most of his ‘exchanges’ with the anchors was carefully scripted. Got off that script, and Bergman was adrift.

Wind Rider on November 30, 2007 at 8:50 PM

You are wicked smart, funny, irreverent and hip, oozing enthusiasm and creative energy.

No wonder there are few conservatives in the MSM. Only a conceited narcissist would respond to an ad like that.

infidel4life on November 30, 2007 at 9:13 PM

“Wicked smart”? Where’s base? New Hampshire?

Coronagold on November 30, 2007 at 9:29 PM

At least their hiring practices remain consistent.

I wonder what the pay scale is????

Kini on November 30, 2007 at 9:53 PM

A pretty face, a good voice, an empty head.

BL@KBIRD on November 30, 2007 at 11:33 PM