Unethical Quote Of The Week: Mediaite Reporter Tommy Christopher

“When I had a heart attack a few years ago, I was uninsured and I haven’t been able to get insurance ever since then. Listening to all the pressure on the President to negotiate, some of it coming from inside this room, made me think: Is there a chance the President would be willing to delay Obamacare for a year if Republicans would agree to delay heart attacks for a year?”

—- Tommy Christopher, Mediaite reporter, questioning White House spokesman Jay Carney in this week’s press briefing.

Naaa, there’s no media bias! That’s just a right wing myth!

So let us just say that Christopher’s question is unprofessional, evidence of a conflict of interest, unethical journalism and worthy of employer sanctions, if not outright firing. That wasn’t a question; that was a pro-Administration talking point and outright advocacy. It was an abuse of his position and obligation to the public.

The shutdown isn’t about his personal needs, and whether or not the Affordable Care Act is especially helpful to his health problems shouldn’t influence his coverage of the dispute or his questions to Carney. Since Christopher is apparently incapable of keeping his personal biases from influencing the performance of his job, at least on this issue, he needs a different assignment, as well as a refresher course in journalism ethics.

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Source: The Blaze

7 thoughts on “Unethical Quote Of The Week: Mediaite Reporter Tommy Christopher

  1. Really, this is your pick of the Affordable Care Act rhetoric? Republican congressmen should be ashamed of themselves, if they had an ounce of respect for the public.

    • Did I say this was a pick of the rhetoric? Politicians across the board say extraordinarily dumb things all the time, around the clock..I am on the lookout for especially bad examples, though anyone how can read the statements from both parties and single out Republicans has outed himself as biased. Democrats compare the politics of the shutdown to terrorism and Nazis, Republicans compare the ACA to slavery–if you like either one, you’re disqualified.

      This was a breach of journalistic ethics in a press briefing. This is core professional misconduct. It is different in kind, and far more ethically objectionable than rhetorical excess from politicians. They are not obligated to be objective…it’s not their job.

      • This was a breach of journalistic ethics in a press briefing. This is core professional misconduct. It is different in kind, and far more ethically objectionable than rhetorical excess from politicians. They are not obligated to be objective…it’s not their job.

        He should not have brought his personal life into the lawsuit at all.

    • 1) “Really, this is your pick of the Affordable Care Act rhetoric?” No, re-read. It is Jack’s pick of unethical journalist rhetoric. You may have missed that part where Jack said: “Naaa, there’s no media bias! That’s just a right wing myth!

      So let us just say that Christopher’s question is unprofessional, evidence of a conflict of interest, unethical journalism and worthy of employer sanctions, if not outright firing. That wasn’t a question; that was a pro-Administration talking point and outright advocacy. It was an abuse of his position and obligation to the public.

      The shutdown isn’t about his personal needs, and whether or not the Affordable Care Act is especially helpful to his health problems shouldn’t influence his coverage of the dispute or his questions to Carney. Since Christopher is apparently incapable of keeping his personal biases from influencing the performance of his job, at least on this issue, he needs a different assignment, as well as a refresher course in journalism ethics.”

      If you need to re-read that specific part, it can be found here.

      2) Since the post isn’t about the goodness/badness of the ACA or the rightness/wrongness of it, the rest of your post is utterly non-sequitur. But, I’ll enjoy dismembering it as well.

      To finish this, we’ll have to assume you made logical comparisons. You didn’t, but we’ll make the huge leap and say you did:

      3) There you go with your much-loved “Everybody does it” rationalization. Of course, this fails the logic test because Republicans (politicians) are allowed to use pro/con rhetoric in regards to policies, whereas journalists are supposed to be unbiased observers/reporters, not just the propaganda wing of the Left.

      4) You’re really going to have to back up your assertion of “shameful rhetoric” with examples and explanations. Otherwise you made a strawman.

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