I just read another “Where are they now?” article on the cast of Baywatch, since this month is the 10th anniversary of when the show’s 12 years of production ended. Once again, it was completely inaccurate – this one said that Chokachi and I have not worked much since we left Baywatch – hmmm, OK…. if 60 roles and 4 series between us is not working a lot…
If “all publicity is good publicity” then I suppose I should not care. But it is irritating that that the media gets away with such blatant misinformation, even with the www.imdb.com , the Internet Movie Database, which clearly (and, for the most part, accurately- no small feat considering how many cast and crew needs to be kept track of in the world of entertainment) lists our credits. Perhaps these reporters cannot count?
Besides being a nick to my ego, it is disconcerting on a larger level: we tend to believe what we read in newspapers – isn’t that the job of journalism, to get at the truth? – so when journalists are lazy and misreport it can have serious consequences. Take, for example, when the media simply parroted back the Bush administration’s insistence that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction, and that Iran was involved in 9/11. At one point, over 70% of Americans believed this to be true. Even when, years later, President Bush admitted it was not, it was too late to change our minds – a majority still thought these lies were fact. If journalists had done their own homework, they would have written the truth right off the bat instead of spreading propaganda.
David and I have both just finished movies, and he has one in theatres right now. Just sayin’ , in case you don’t read it anywhere else.