I tried to find a straight video of KWWL-TV’s Mark Woodley, its sports reporter, modeling unethical workplace conduct and a complete lack of professionalism in his emergency stint this week as a weather reporter. I couldn’t: every available clip compilation is presented like the CNN version above. Isn’t this cute and hilarious?
It isn’t either. I can see that CNN’s talking heads might thinks so, since that network allows unprofessional conduct by the ‘talent” regularly, like Don Lemon getting bombed on the New Year Eve. Unless Woodley was told to be whiny prima donna as a publicity stunt and he might have been, given the state of journalism, broadcast and otherwise, in 2022, his attitude and ostentatious bitching should have guaranteed a suspension or worse.
When one is called upon by one’s employer or leader to fill in, do extra duties, help get through a crisis or emergency, or to be a team player and do what the team needs to have done, the ethical and professional response is to do the best possible job you can with good cheer and without complaint. Woodley, who did the opposite, helped metastasize “quiet quitting” and many other forms of workplace societal rot.
This is how society becomes miserable in a Nation of Assholes.I criticize the culture of the theater a lot, as frequent readers here know. Not in this area however. When a show needs a production member to step in and deal with a crisis, the only acceptable answer to the director or producer’s command is, “Yes. What do I do?” I’ve asked many working for me to take risks, do the impossible, take over a massive problem and more. No one has ever failed me. Some failed at the difficult assignment I set for them despite their best efforts, but they still won my thanks and admiration after the smoke cleared. I have been in their position, you see, more than once.
There was one show in which I was forced into service at the last minute playing a major role I had never rehearsed and that wasn’t comfortably within my skill set. It was me, barely prepared, looking less than competent in front of a full house, or no show at all. I was wearing a costume that didn’t fit; the actors had to nudge me into my blocking and whisper lines to me. I was embarrassed, as a performer who held himself to high standards, but not as embarrassed as I would have been if I had answered the call to fill an urgent need with, “No.”
Social media and others are praising Mark Woodley for being a self-absorbed jerk, because he’s being “real.” Wrong. When being real means being unethical and unprofessional, it is time to act like you’re supposed to be, not like who you are.
Pointer: The Blaze