If you need any additional evidence that local news is crap and nonsense that exists only to sell ads by using fear and annoyingly, absurdly sensational teasers (“Find out why you’ll probably be dead by morning–tonight at 11!”) about stories that have been on the Internet all day, look no further than Orlando Sentinel TV critic Hal Boedeker’s conversation with born-again Christian, reality TV junkie, and Big Brother 3 third-runner-up Jason Guy, who’s starting work as an anchor–an anchor!–on Orlando’s NBC affiliate WESH today, in which he said that being on the crappy CBS show in 2002 “did help move me on a career path I am on,” instead of, you know, making him into an unhireable joke (although virgin Jason also wasn’t a typical Big Brother horrible person, which is maybe why he’s so forgettable despite his alliance with Danielle, and he did work in radio and TV before going on the show), but it’s still ridiculous, as is the fact that he says working as a reality casting producer afterwards taught him “the basics for being a journalist,” although he does mitigate that absurdity by admitting that reality TV to news is “an unusual jump,” which is about the right term for someone who is now delivering allegedly critical news to Central Florida in part because he once swapped bathing suits with a woman while in a pool full of green slime.
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about Andy Dehnart
Andy Dehnart’s writing and criticism about television, culture, and media has appeared on NPR and in Vulture, Pacific Standard, The Los Angeles Times, and other publications. He has covered reality television for more than 18 years, and created reality blurred in 2000.
A member of the Television Critics Association who serves on its board of directors, Andy, 41, also directs the journalism program at Stetson University in Florida, where he teaches creative nonfiction and journalism. He has an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing and literature from Bennington College. Learn more about reality blurred and Andy.