People running around with underwear on their head, a fake suicide over the Niagara Falls, forest rangers who are positive they seen Bigfoot, and sheriffs who make x-rated videos on a rented video camera and forget to take the tape out. These are some of the wacky stories Krista Bradford experiences during her career as an anchor on tabloid television. She tries to convince the reader that TV tabloids are trashy in the article "The Big Sleaze published in Rolling Stone magazine in 1993.
Bradford writes the article in a unique fashion. She writes it as a story. Everything in the article is an experience, which make this article more interesting and convincing. Her first an anchor job was at the age of 18, she was an intern for Joan Lunden at KCRA-TV in Sacramento, California. She lost that job 10 years later so she met with Peter Brennan, the producer of A Current Affair, and he gave Bradford a job as an anchor.
6 months later they wanted her to portray a bimbo rape victim in a reenactment. She refused and went on with her life. After she was done at A Current Affair, she worked at The Reporters. She ended her career with a show hosted by Geraldo Rivera named Now It Can Be Told. She worked in tabloid TV for five years and has a lot of experience with it and that helps to make this article convincing.
Bradford is very negative towards television tabloids. Her tone towards everything in the article is strong and negative. She uses profane and Informal language, like tits-and-ass raunchiness and rubbernecking at the oddities of American life. Her language has a lot of trashiness to it. She also says TV tabloids do not mature the mind, they mutate it. In the article, Bradford doesn't make the mistake on using too big of words. She uses words that everyone can understand, not just her colleagues. For instance, she uses the word "bigwigs," basically everyone knows what that word means. She also uses the phrase "Joe six-pack." A lot of what has to do with articles are the race of a person their attractive ness and their sexual orientation. The truth is TV tabloids discriminate against people of different race, gays, and unattractive women. They also use racial slurs and that will upset a lot of people. These are some of the negative points she uses against tabloid television.
A downfall to this article is she doesn't list enough positive points for TV tabloids. I could find only three positive points. She traveled all over the world to places like Vietnam, El Salvador, Brazil, Thailand, and Cuba. She also liked the adventure that came along with each outrageous story. There are good benefits and the pay is also good in tabloid television.
All in all I thought this article by Krista Bradford was well structured and convincing. Even though she didn't make more positive point towards TV tabloids it was still good. I haven't watched too many tabloids in my life and this article doesn't make me want to watch too many more.