Posted by Word Camel on March 06, 2003
In Reply to: "Expert" as used by the media posted by ESC on March 05, 2003
: : : When the media quotes someone they often introduce the expression with a phrase or two that include the word "expert". I just read something of this sort on nytimes.com [Dr. Somebody, an EXPERT, on Iran at the University says....bla.bla bla..]. How does one come to be designated as an "expert".
: : You get qualified as a pert and then resign.
: It's called Rolodex journalism. If your name is in their card file and you are willing to talk on record, you are an expert. If you can string two sentences together and look good on camera, you're golden.
I was an Internet "expert" for the BBC. If they'll take a camel, they'll take anyone!