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‘Making a Mockery of Mockery’

Former senior producer for CNN to participate in ‘New Media Effect’ panel

Published: Sunday, February 24, 2013

Updated: Sunday, February 24, 2013 22:02

On Wednesday from 6-8 p.m. in the D.P. Culp Auditorium, a panel of journalists will be participating in “The New Media Effect: How Social Media Has Changed Politics” at East Tennessee State University to discuss the impact that the media, particularly social media, has on the American political system.

One of the panelists, Chez Pazienza, was a former senior producer for CNN. Mr. Pazienza is the founder and lead editor of the blog “Deus Ex Malcontent,” a website that frequently highlights the less-than-intelligent people who find themselves on national headlines.

Chez Pazienza is often quite critical of major news sources, government officials and other individuals who wander into the nation’s spotlight.

With no shortage of material as of late, Chez frequently updates his blog with the latest in the comedy gold that is our beloved political system — where everyone’s opinion is respected, even if they are a bit misguided.

Born in Miami, Chez jumpstarted his career as a radio host and DJ for the University of Miami’s radio station “WVUM.” He took this experience and broke into the world of TV news in 1992.

Eventually, Chez Pazienza left Miami for Los Angeles, where he was awarded his first of two regional Emmy Awards in 1996. His success landed him a job as a senior producer for CNN in Atlanta, and then in New York City.

In 2008, Chez was fired from this position. CNN cited his personal blog, “Deus Ex Malcontent,” as the reason for his dismissal.

This sparked a great deal of controversy in the world of journalism, giving rise to a debate of media ethics on the topic of whether or not journalists could express personal opinions during their off time.

Specifically, they questioned of whether or not it is acceptable for journalists, who are supposed to refrain from expressing personal opinions in the interest of objective reporting, to weigh in on current events in a public forum.

Other panelists participating in “The New Media Effect” include Bob Cesca, Dr. John M. King and Vanessa Valenti, all of whom will bring their experiences to ETSU and share some insights into the world of news media and journalism.


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