Muckraking

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So Amy J. got fired for going to a pool party. Everyone is pretty much wondering if Amy J. has her head screwed on right because it seems highly unethical for a journalist to socialize at a backyard pool party with someone who might be implicated in a murder. Or maybe that’s just me. Eric Zorn has a great column about this being journalism-as-usual. And there are a gazillion comments. But I have to say that this is par the course for journalists. I don’t know her motives, but was she really friends with the Stebics? Was she just hanging out? Or was she being all nicey-nice and pretending to be friends to get a story. It’s why journalists are below lawyers and just above pedophiles in the public eye. And I know a few “journalists” who are really good at this (socializing, not pedophilia). They butter you up. They really make their contacts feel like they are friends, deeply-connected soul mates who can converse without strings. And then they swoop in and screw over. It’s the way journalists think they have to get ahead. The joke is that most people know it. So memo to muckraking journalists: don’t kill yourself when you realize your life is a sham. Or just get a job on The Ten. To sum-up: Journalists are the new strippers.

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So Amy J. got fired for going to a pool party. Everyone is pretty much wondering if Amy J. has her head screwed on right because it seems highly unethical for a journalist to socialize at a backyard pool party with someone who might be implicated in a murder. Or maybe that’s just me. Eric Zorn has a great column about this being journalism-as-usual. And there are a gazillion comments. But I have to say that this is par the course for journalists. I don’t know her motives, but was she really friends with the Stebics? Was she just hanging out? Or was she being all nicey-nice and pretending to be friends to get a story. It’s why journalists are below lawyers and just above pedophiles in the public eye. And I know a few “journalists” who are really good at this (socializing, not pedophilia). They butter you up. They really make their contacts feel like they are friends, deeply-connected soul mates who can converse without strings. And then they swoop in and screw over. It’s the way journalists think they have to get ahead. The joke is that most people know it. So memo to muckraking journalists: don’t kill yourself when you realize your life is a sham. Or just get a job on The Ten.

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