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Thread started by Dave Winer on Sunday, March 11, 2012.

Should journalists play roles in movies?

Lately I've been noticing more journalists appearing in movies that are essentially fiction, or totally fiction.

This feels like an ethical breech. A journalist is not an actor. Playing a fictional role, as yourself, with your name, your TV network, feels wrong.

I'm having a hard time putting my finger on why this is.

Perhaps it's that it makes one question when you're watching them do their real job if it's acting or if they're trying to be a real journalist. Or if they're just playing one (as they are in the movie).

Do you have an opinion?