Now that my ratings are up and my legs are losing their shape, I feel I can talk about journalism.
I am a Journalist, not a “reporter.” “Reporting” requires one to stand up and walk about. To be a Journalist, you need to remain seated, preferably behind a desk. The desk is optional, but the chair is mandatory.
CBS pays me too much money to get out of my chair. If they paid me less money, I’d be free to do “reporter” things, like investigate or provide context. As a Journalist, it is very important for me to remain seated at all times so that the “reporters” can do their jobs, which is to "report" back to me so I don't have to get up.
There are occasions when it is necessary for me to stand, of course. Recently, I got out of my chair to do a “walk and talk” with Sarah Palin. For those of you not in Journalism, a “walk and talk” is where a non-reporter type like myself decides to interview a famous person while walking around a scenic landscape. In the case of Sarah Palin, I decided it’d be cool to walk around in front of the UN Building.
You may ask, “But Katie, if you’re paid so much to sit, why would you want to get up and walk around as you conduct an interview?”
The answer is simple. Doing a “walk and talk” gives the impression of direction. We walk forward as we talk, therefore we both appear to have implied direction. In my “sit and speak” interviews with Palin, there was no implied direction at all--the interview went all over the place. One minute, we were in Russia, one minute we were in her daughter’s womb.... But, during the “walk and talk," our walking gave the impression of linear progression, even though it was just as pointless as our "sit and speak". Plus it provided "viewers" a chance to oogle our gams.