Keith Oppenheim


Keith Oppenheim, Associate Professor in Broadcast Media Production at Champlain College, has been with the college since 2014.  Prior to that, he coordinated the broadcasting program at Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Michigan (near Grand Rapids). Keith was a correspondent for CNN for 11 years and worked as a television news reporter in Providence, Scranton, Sacramento and Detroit. He currently produces documentaries, and his last project, From Somewhere Else, looked at how global changes in media and communication have changed the immigrant experience.

Vermont is having its latest moment in the national spotlight compliments of Bernie Sanders. Let’s call it “The Bernie Effect.” And it’s worth wondering what it may mean in the long term for the rest of us.

It didn’t start particularly well. The “open”, as it’s called – the part with lots of music and graphics and voiceover to start the show... sounded like a football game. Hillary!... Bernie!... Nevada!... something like that. It looked glitzy – and ditzy.

Every weekday, I watch the Today Show from 7AM to 7:20. Mind you, I have a number of other sources for information, but the Today Show is my guilty pleasure, a blend of hard news, pop culture and schlock.

I’ll be honest... sometimes I enjoy the silly stuff. And I tell myself it’s important to watch a big morning TV show, because this is how lots of Americans form their opinions. Lots of studies say so – and that’s what’s got me worried.

In 2007, the FBI came up with a ruse.