Will Ferrell's performance as Ron Burgundy in Anchorman says something funny but unflattering about how the public views the news media. Image: sidereel.com

What is this thing?

Everybody needs news — even fictional characters.

Depictions of journalists and news media abound in pop culture. TV has (or had, in some cases) Kent Brockman, Murphy Brown and company, and WKRP in Cincinnati. Movies have given us Ron Burgundy and Kimberly Wells. Even comic books get into the mix. Clark Kent and Peter Parker work for newspapers when they aren’t Superman and Spider-Man.

Whether these portrayals are good, bad or somewhere in between, News Mockers is here to chronicle them and reflect upon their connection to public perception of news media.

Matthew Trotter

Thanks for reading

And who are you?

Who am I?

I’m Matthew Trotter, a graduate student at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University. I have a B.S. — insert your B.S. joke here — in journalism from Cal Poly Pomona. I’m pretty good with words and, I’ve been told, somewhat handsome.

Hopefully this blog will make more people out there aware of the connection between pop culture and public opinion of news media. Failing that, it will at least bring you some amazing references to The Simpsons.

(By the way, I’m a journalist/pop culture commentator, not a content thief. I’ll do my darndest to credit folks whose content I’m using and link to their websites. If you see uncredited content, please let me know; I’d rather fix it than face the wrath of a creator scorned.)

Thanks for the header idea, Josh.


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