Apparently the saying “pot calling the kettle black” rings just as true in the Middle East as it does in America
What I am referring to, in this case, is the matter of reporter S. Rajagopalan, hypocritically criticizing the Bush administration for its ethical mishaps.
“The George W. Bush administration officials are about to get a course in a subject they’re not very familiar with – ethics.”
Hahaha. What a harmless, clever hook…and by that I mean proof that it might take one to know one.
Last time I checked reporters were held to a code of ethics themselves–one that explicitly forbids the insertion of bias, opinion or assertions in news stories. I imagine one would have a fairly hard time proving that the Bush administration is without ethics. The point here is that the sentence is purely speculative, and inflammatory. It’s entirely relative–the definition of “very familiar with”–and thus, it is completely inappropriate in such a piece.
Don’t get me wrong, its a statement that I, for all intents, agree with, but that doesn’t make it ok. The irony is in a reporter criticizing a politician for his mistakes all whilst violating the primary tenant of his supposedly noble occupation.
How can we possible begin to see improvements in our 1st estate, when the 4th estate–the one in charge of holding them accountable–is just as corrupt?
The problem here is that stupid lazy reporting like this prevents, or at least hinders, actual discourse on the matter. Is it really that difficult to save the sarcastic quips for the editorial page? Is it truly imperative that in this era of increased opportunity to express ourselves we must be bombarded by opinion from those who claim to be simply presenting the facts? What’s wrong with placing the story in front of the people, and allowing them to retort “about damn time” to themselves?
Which brings me to matter at hand: Bush’s staff attending ethics classes. ITS ABOUT DAMN TIME. Why stop at the Executive staff? What if, instead of spending all that money to promote Prop 75 we pay to send all the union officals to an ethics course, and maybe then they would realize that spending member dues on things their members oppose IS COMPLETELY INSANE.
What if, instead of paying to drive the Missouri pregnant criminal to an abortion clinic, we send Harry Reid to the local junior college for a crash course in not being an obstructionist douchebag? Maybe, if the press were so inclined, they too could pay for a refresher in the guidelines they so regularly ignore.
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