09/30/2004: Gem o'the Day:
Probably going too early with this one, but it grabs me:
Watching George and Laura Bush on the Dr. Phil show this afternoon, I wondered: what are the journalistic ethics of the reaction shot? When you cut to someone's face after a question, are you ethically bound to use the actual footage that was shot at that moment, or can you sneak in a piece of film from somewhere else in the interview? I ask this only because I would love to know what the President's and First Lady's faces looked like at the moment the good doctor asked them about "the epidemic of oral sex in the middle schools." (For the record: they're both against it.) When the camera cut to the first couple, they had the same expression of warm, measured concern they'd had through the rest of the interview, but I would have given anything for that moment when you saw them each somberly weighing the pros and cons of hot teen-on-teen action.
Len on 09.30.04 @ 07:04 AM CST