Thursday, December 2, 2010

Sanctimony alert and Rule #52 about the media

I began my career in a newsroom and one little secret you all must know is that newsrooms are hot-beds of gallows humor, inappropriate jokes and snark.

As someone who worked in a newsroom, I am as guilty as anyone else. I took part and I laughed at tragedy or when it was not appropriate. It’s just something that happens.

This week, reporter Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic needled Arizona Cardinals quarterback Derek Anderson for a short clip of video of Anderson chuckling on the sidelines during a blow-out loss to the San Francisco 49ers.

The endless line of questioning was along the lines of: What’s so funny? What were you talking about? Why are you laughing during a blowout? What’s so funny about that?

You can watch the exchange here.

Ugh – what a douche-canoe. Seriously.

This is a guy who probably yucks it up all the time at inappropriate moments in his own newsroom. Now he’s firmly planted on his high horse – getting to the truth, man, taking down the big, bad jock.

All right, already, we get it – you’re a crusader.

Milton Kent at the San Francisco Chronicle has an interesting take on this story.

The worst part of this whole episode is that the sniveling PR people with the Cardinals or the NFL had Anderson go back out a few days later and apologize.

Let me play Anderson for a second – this is what his “apology” should have been:

Anderson: “Yeah, I had a chuckle on the sidelines, so what. There’s nothing to apologize for, so go screw.”

That’s what I’d like to hear. Not the choreographed: “Well, I let my emotions get the better of me and” yadda yadda yadda.

Rule Number 52: Don’t let reporters let you think they are better people than you. They are just people. They do stupid things (like all of us), they have vices (like all of us), and they have no more moral superiority than any one of us.

They already have a measure of power with their cameras and their pens, don’t give them moral power that they are no more entitled to than you are.


  1. Sometimes reporters even get arrested for stalking and beating up their ex-boyfriends