- The U.S. media establishment is in horrendous shape.
- Its news coverage is untrustworthy, because so many of its members are untrustworthy.
- The field of journalism is polluted with shallow, self-righteous, biased, narrow-minded hacks, and whatever genuine insight, ethics and talent the profession contains is usually overwhelmed by mediocrity.
- Any hope of addressing the current grim state of the news media must begin with ejecting prominent reporters and journalists who have proven beyond a reasonable doubt the lack of temperament, standards, skills or values to practice responsible journalism.
With this as background, behold today’s Ethics Quiz, which is…
Which journalist, CBS News reporter Major Garrett, Washington Post reporter Suzi Parker, both, or neither, deserves to be asked to seek a career elsewhere?
Here are the contenders and their qualifications for oblivion:
A. Major Garrett: Apparently annoyed by some teasing tweets for a colleague, he used his CBS-labled Twitter feed to send this message to his followers, and naturally, the rest of the civilized world:
“The fuck I am. That is shirty business what you did. Fix it. I’m not fucking kidding”
B. Suzy Parker: Since Sarah Palin is obviously a fool, and since Parker, like so many other members of the media, will believe the worst about her without a smidgeon of skepticism, Parker reported on the Washington Post website that
“Late last week Al Jazeera America announced the former vice-presidential candidate would be joining their news network” as part of her “plan to reach millions of devoutly religious people through al-Jazeera.”
The news, which I bet you could guess without my telling you, was a joke, from an item on a satirical website.
The case for firing Garrett? Simple: he’s 9 years old. He misused his employer’s name and account, and showed himself to have worse judgment than the typical sea sponge. He is so dumb that he thinks the best way to argue with a single colleague is to scream epithets at everyone on Twitter. He is a recognizable on-air presence, and he lets loose with obscenities in a public forum? How can CBS trust someone who would do that? How unprofessional can a journalist get…that is, if being a professional journalist even matters any more? He is a handsome son of a gun.
The case for firing Parker? Easy: bias has eaten her brain, plus she is obviously willing to report stories as fact without doing the bare minimum of due diligence required by Journalist Ethics 101. If this is what the Washington Post calls a reporter, then the Post can’t call itself a respectable newspaper.
I’d fire them both.
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