When journalists retire to academia, they often find a new audience there. Those new followers, though, can be just as easily misled as the old readers and viewers.
“Cynthia Tucker, one of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s highest-profile columnists for more than 20 years, is leaving the AJC to become a visiting professor at the University of Georgia’s journalism school,” the AJC announced on August 10, 2011. “Tucker, who won a Pulitzer Prize for commentary in 2007, assumes her new role Aug. 12, the AJC and UGA announced Wednesday.”
“They said her position at UGA will be part of a partnership between the AJC and the university’s Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication.” Perhaps Ms. Tucker has been ready to retire for some time.
“In a discussion on immigration reform on the Chris Matthews show liberal columnist Cynthia Tucker mentioned that when Bush and the GOP controlled Congress three years ago (2007) they couldn’t get it done either,” Accuracy in Media chairman Don Irvine wrote on May 10, 2010. “I guess she missed the 2006 election results.”
Malcolm A. Kline is the Executive Director of Accuracy in Academia.
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