Congratulations to Central Illinois native Roger Ebert for getting a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
But it's kind of odd isn't it. I mean, Ebert is a movie critic, not technically part of the movie industry. Right?
Well, no. This is a perfect example of how modern journalists often assimilate into the culture of their journalistic charge. The Washington press corps is the most obvious offender here. Journalists, government officials and lobbyists all feed off of each other professionally and mingle socially. This is perfectly understandable from a human nature point of view. We all frequently turn co-workers and associates into friends. But it does a great disservice to the public when the fourth estate (and the other estates) get too chummy.
I'll be honest, I cringe at stories about events like the White House Correspondents Association dinner and their local counterparts. I'm sure everyone involved will swear there's no harm to them but I wonder. Forging friendships with those with whom your are reporting on has to affect one's judgment.