Charlie Gibson on Pulling Punches

Courtesy of the New York Daily News (3/18/09):

ABC‘s World News anchor Charles Gibson at one point considered being a sports reporter.

However, he ultimately realized the job was more difficult than it looked.

“I began to realize that sports journalism was so difficult because if you cover a team, you have to stay in the good graces of that team,” Gibson tells Michael Kay in the YES Network‘s CenterStage airing Thursday at 10 p.m.

“So, do you pull your punches?” says Gibson. “Do you not write about the fact that so-and-so is a drunk? Or that so-and-so may be on the juice?”

Good thing that kind of thing doesn’t go on in the big leagues of corporate journalism.

About Peter Hart

Activism Director and and Co-producer of CounterSpinPeter Hart is the activism director at FAIR. He writes for FAIR's magazine Extra! and is also a co-host and producer of FAIR's syndicated radio show CounterSpin. He is the author of The Oh Really? Factor: Unspinning Fox News Channel's Bill O'Reilly (Seven Stories Press, 2003). Hart has been interviewed by a number of media outlets, including NBC Nightly News, Fox News Channel's O'Reilly Factor, the Los Angeles Times, Newsday and the Associated Press. He has also appeared on Showtime and in the movie Outfoxed. Follow Peter on Twitter at @peterfhart.