Friday, September 16, 2011

Waiting for 'The Rogue' -- Sarah Palin to 'clean up' Journalism?

There may be more to the story about Sarah Palin's fling with Michigan basketball player Glen Rice than meets the eye. When Rice played with the Wolverines in the Great Alaska Shootout, Sarah Palin reported about the Shootout on a TV sports segment:



The Washington Post's The Early Lead column reported:
... Palin, according to the book [Joe Mcginniss' “The Rogue: Searching for the Real Sarah Palin], had a fling thing with Rice in 1987, while he was in college and she was a sports reporter fresh out of college and working at KTUU in Alaska. Rice was a junior at the University of Michigan at the time and their one-night stand occurred while he and the Wolverines were playing in the Great Alaska Shootout. ...
Yet Sarah Palin has had the reckless nerve to say of journalism:
I want to help clean up the state that is so sorry today of journalism. And I have a communications degree. I studied journalism, who, what, where, when, and why of reporting. I will speak to reporters who still understand that cornerstone of our democracy, that expectation that the public has for truth to be reported. And then we get to decide our own opinion based on the facts reported to us.
The 5 Ws, but what about E? Ethics. Journalistic ethics. Should a journalist have a fling with anyone he or she reports about, or report about an organization that person is associated with? What could go wrong? It's known as a conflict of interest.

Sarah Palin's report of the Shootout may be factually accurate, but there was an ethical lapse there. Can Sarah Palin be trusted to 'clean up' something she has fouled? A leader leads most effectively when he or she leads by example. What sort of example has Sarah Pain set for aspiring journalists, especially young women? If Sarah Palin cannot lead in relatively small things, how can she possibly lead the nation?

Update: The Houston Press' Hair Balls blog has "Glen Rice Allegedly Slept with Sarah Palin," which describes Palin's reporting about a Michigan game and Glen Rice.

6 comments:

Lynne said...

Somebody should also have worked on her writing skills...Written Communication 101?

Anonymous said...

How about the Palin's disproving some of the facts McGinniss has uncovered? Or would that be impossible?

Come on Todd...disprove these facts>

Eppito said...

This is so sweet I might go into a sugar coma! This idiot, charlatan, low rent comedienne is finally racing to her day of reckoning - long overdue.

sally in MI said...

The woman may have bought a journalism degree from somewhere, but she never passed an English class in college. I have never heard a public figure mutilate our language in so many ways. She can't even construct a sentence. And Sarah, when you can't even speak your native tongue, you are never going to be President.

ozmud said...

I admit it's been a very long time since I sat in a college journo class but... shouldn't that be who, what, when, where, why and how?

- OzMud

Celeste in NJ said...

I'd really love to see her transcripts and the journalism degree she boasts of having.

She employs other people to write her books, her facebook manifestoes, and her speeches. None of them match stylistically and the fraud is blatently obvious when she's left to her own devices and goes "off script".

"Ethics" and "Sarah Palin" are mutually exclusive. To have ethics, one needs a conscience, Sarah posesses neither.