Ethics Hero: Jerry Seinfeld

One wonderful thing about extreme success combined with middle age is that you can, if you have the integrity, speak unpopular truths without caring who objects. Thus it was the Jerry Seinfeld correctly dismissed as irrelevant and misguided the suggestion that seeking racial and gender balance should be an objective in his comedy shows. In response to a question challenging his Web series, “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee“as too white and male, the comedian said:

“People think it’s the census or something, it’s gotta represent the actual pie chart of America. Who cares? Funny is the world that I live in. You’re funny, I’m interested. You’re not funny, I’m not interested. I have no interest in gender or race or anything like that, but everyone else is, kind of with their little calculating, “Is this the exact right mix?” To me, it’s anti-comedy.  It’s more about PC nonsense than ‘are you making us laugh or not’.”

Exactly. Not that the race and gender bean counters will let Seinfeld escape with an explanation of such obvious common sense. Here’s Mediaite’s Tommy Christopher playing his full hand of gender, race, guilt and quota cards: Continue reading

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