Journalists Depicted as Unethical

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Conservative Trope Examples

  • Thank You for Smoking (2005)
    Heather Holloway (Katie Holmes) is depicted as an unethical reporter who sleeps with Nick Naylor (Aaron Eckhart) to get information from him on a story on his lobbying for the tobacco industry. He never said anything was off the record but just assumed so when they were having sex. He attacks her in the media and she loses her job because of it and is shown in the end stuck doing a weather report in a very bad storm. Joey later adds, "Mom says it's because you have dependency issues and it was all just a matter of time before you threw it all away on some tramp."
  • Die Hard 2 (1990)
    Local news reporter Richard Thornburg makes a scene on the airplane because he is seated nearby John McClane's wife Holly who hit him in the original Die Hard movie. He later gets his soundperson to tap into the cockpit frequency and learns about the terrorist takeover of the airport threatening his and other planes. He locks himself in a bathroom forcing his way in ahead of other waiting passengers and uses the airplane phone to break the news story live on air which sends everyone at the airport into a panicked frenzy. This of course now makes it harder to law enforcement to deal with the terrorist threat. Flight attendants break into the bathroom where he is tased and taken to his seat. He is whimpering and panicking while everyone else on the plane is relatively calm.
  • Die Hard (1988)
    Local news reporter Richard Thornburg is depicted as unethical, over bearing and ruthless in pursuit of a story. The worst of his behavior he threatens John McClane's wife Holly's housekeeper with deportation unless she lets him interview her kids on air. When the interview airs, terrorist leader Hans Gruber realizes that Holly is John McClane's wife putting her and John in much more danger.