KTVA (Alaska) reporter Charlo Greene reported on the Alaska Cannabis Club, medical marijuana business, during Sunday night’s broadcast without telling the station of the viewers that she owned it. As soon as the segment was over, she announced that she was the owner, and said,
“Now everything you’ve heard is why I, the actual owner of the Alaska Cannabis Club, will be dedicating all of my energy toward fighting for freedom and fairness, which begins with legalizing marijuana here in Alaska. And as for this job, well, not that I have a choice but, fuck it, I quit.”
Then she walked off the set.
How unethical is Charlo Greene? Let me count the ways:
1. She reported on a story in which she had a direct interest, an outrageous conflict of interest and breach of journalism ethics.
2. She hijacked the broadcast for her own political views, hoping to influence and upcoming state referendum.
3. She stole airtime for what amounted to an ad for her business as well as a political ad for her side of the referendum.
4. Like the narcissist she is, Greene quit on the air, intentionally drawing attention to herself and making herself a star for the requisite 15 minutes, to the detriment of her employer, colleagues, and audience.
5. In doing so, she betrayed the trust her employers placed in her for her own selfish ends.
6. She used gratuitous vulgarity, further polluting public discourse and civility, and…
7. She placed the station’s news anchor in the embarrassing position of having to apologize for Greene’s filthy mouth and lack of professionalism.
No employer should ever trust her, and should the pot legalization effort fail or her business go under, anyone who hires Greene is both a fool and an enabler of future stunts. I would love to see legislation that permanently bans anyone who intentionally cripples their future employability with impulsive conduct like this from ever receiving food stamps, welfare, or unemployment benefits. You can grandstand if you like, but nobody else should pay for the consequences.
And no, you morons on the various web threads, Greene did not “go out with style,” or do anything deserving the brainless praise you are heaping on her. Like this guy, who you similarly praised, she was wrong in every way. Learning to quit a job (or accept a firing) with grace and civility is a vital professional skill, and by cheering such irresponsible and rude conduct, you are just encouraging the young and naive to similarly handicap their own careers.