In the skit, a newspaper reporter played by Bobby Cannavale uncovers a city-wide corruption story and pitches it to his editor, played by Jason Sudeikis. “I’m just not sure what kind of clicks were going to get on that,” Sudeikis says, before green-lighting a story pitch from Rose Byrne about a cat that looks like a raccoon. When Cannavale protests, saying he still believes in the importance of newspapers, Sudeikis delivers the ugly truth about the state of journalism today.
“Technically, you don’t work for a newspaper anymore,” he says. “You work at a multi-platform, content generation distribution network now.” Like many real newsrooms, the fictional paper in the sketch cares more about likes, clicks and retweets than covering the most important stories.
“Sooner or later we are either going to have to pay for journalism, or we are all going to pay for it,” Oliver said. “If we don’t, not only will malfeasance run amok, but the journalism movies of the future are going to look a lot more like this.”
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