"I love the smell of fear in a newsroom.
The Intrepid Reporter
's boss. Gruff and authoritarian, frequently a Cigar Chomper
, often seen with his jacket off and his sleeves rolled up. Is fond of both shouting at his reporters over any conceivable pretext and passionately defending them
(and the newspaper) from any threats to the freedom of the press.
Has a lot of overlap in personality and plot function with Da Chief
(but if he's Perry White, don't call him "Chief"!).
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Across Multiple Media
- Perry White, editor of the Daily Planet, in Superman and its numerous spin-offs and adaptations in various media.
- J. Jonah Jameson, editor of the Daily Bugle, in Spider-Man and its spin-offs and adaptations in various media.
Live Action TV
- The School Newspaper Newshound is a frequent variant seen in many episodic TV series. Often, it will be a one-off engagement, after which the character's his/her editor's job is either short-lived or rarely referred to/never spoken of again. Usually, An Aesop of some sort is used:
- Family Ties: Season 1's "Big Brother is Watching," where Alex is editor of the school newspaper and faced with a tough ethical decision when he finds out about a cheating scandal involving most of the student body. Despite explicit directions to not publish the names, Alex feels an obligation to do so, and as a result, nearly the entire school is angry at him ... and Alex's adviser fires him. Alex stands by his decision to publish the names, but when venting to his father, Steven tells him that he was correct in going ahead with the story but had no right to publish the names — particularly since they had not had their due process.
- Family Matters: In the fifth-season episode "Opposites Attract," Laura is the editor for the Muskrat Times (the Vanderbilt High School newspaper), and Urkel is a staff reporter.
- Saved By the Bell: The New Class: The 1998 episode "Do the Write Thing" centers on administrative censorship after Mr. Belding withholds publication of an article about student athletes getting preferential treatment for such things as discipline and assignments.
- Several Afterschool Special programs centering on censorship were set at a high school newspaper. The scenario was formulatic: the editor uncovers a scandal and decides to publish the information; the principal reviews the story before going to print and decides to withhold publication (not because the facts are incorrect but because it would have unflattering consequences or paint the school in a negative light), the editor stands his/her ground, and the battle eventually is brought before the school board and/or goes to court. Almost always, the student editor comes out victorious and the story is published.
- Too Close for Comfort: In the Ted Knight Show-era episodes (from 1986), main protagonists Henry and Muriel Rush are part-owners of the Marin Bugler, a weekly newspaper. Ted is the editor and Muriel is a photographer.
- Tony Vincenzo, editor for the Independent News Service (a wire service), and Carl Kolchak's immediate boss in Kolchak: The Night Stalker.
- Cameron Foster, editor of the Herald, in State of Play.
- Donald Stern from The Chronicle. Basically Perry White merged with Zed from Men in Black.
- Lou Grant, of The Mary Tyler Moore Show and its spin-off Lou Grant.
- Kat from Persons Unknown is a rare female example of this.
- Lynda Day from Press Gang.
- Paris Geller during half the junior year in Gilmore Girls for the Yale Daily News; one of the rare examples where the staff overthrow her for being overly authoritarian.
- The Bonga Bugle editor in Final Fantasy Tactics A2 combines this with Miles Gloriosus, bragging about his physical prowess but frequently requiring your protection—then making himself out to be the hero in the resulting news reports.
- You at least get one mission where you can kick the asses of him and the even weaker owner of the paper should you get tired of those clowns.
- Harold Harvey Henson in Ciem: The Human Centipede, who's the station owner of Channel 26 in Dirbine. Subverted in that he's very wishy-washy and optimistic, and treats his staff a lot more kindly than they deserve.
- The director of the Channel 6 news team, Burne Thompson, in the '80s/'90s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cartoon. His somewhat fluctuating attitude towards the Turtles and constant pestering of his underlings for news stories led to April occasionally being at odds with him.
- The Captain Caveman shorts on The Flintstone Comedy Show featured Lou Granite, editor-in-chief of The Daily Granite.
- Pablo plays this role in The Backyardigans episode "Front Page News!".
- Diamond Tiara in My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic plays this role when she's appointed editor-in-chief of the school paper in "Ponyville Confidential".