The issue of workplace rules flared for us last week, when we discovered that six staff members violated our newspaper’s code of ethics, which, among many other things, calls for strict neutrality in all things political.
It’s a common policy, in place at nearly all credible news organizations. Reporters, editors and other journalists cannot show political favoritism or openly support one side or another on any matter of public interest.
“America’s sweetheart” is going head-to-head with America’s most famous “hockey mom with lipstick.”
“She’ll reveal a different side of her than you’ve seen before,” NBC Universal spokeswoman Megan Kopf said of Palin Sunday on the “Today” show’s website.
ABC announced last week that Couric, 55, the former CBS Nightly News anchor, will sit-in as GMA host while Robin Roberts is on vacation this week.
Leaving aside the MASSIVE RAFTS OF SEXIST BULLSHIT in the latter article (moms and sweethearts, that’s what we ladies are) …
Is the Today Show journalism? They score interviews with current and former presidents. They certainly seem to think they’re committing journalistic acts. So how is inviting politicians on to co-host not a blatant ethics violation? The show’s terrible, has been for years, but does that excuse this? If we’re going to go around excoriating staffers for signing recall petitions and talking loftily about ethical purity, what else should we be outraged about?