Unprofessional, Ineffective, and Weak: A Textual Analysis of the Portrayal of Female Journalists onSports Night

Chad Painter, Patrick Ferrucci
2012 Journal of Mass Media Ethics  
This study investigates the portrayal of five female journalists on the Aaron Sorkin television series Sports Night. The women were depicted as acting unprofessionally, displaying motherly qualities, choosing their personal lives over work, being deferential to men for ethical decisions, and showing a lack of sports knowledge compared to the male characters. The researchers use social responsibility theory to suggest why these portrayals were ethically problematic.
doi:10.1080/08900523.2012.746107 fatcat:bkczy7gncved3jovvibsem2lc4