Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Selective Ethics

In my haste to launch off yesterday's post (I had to get to a 6 hour CLE - yay!), I neglected to mention that the outlet through which that "reporter" pooped out a "column" based on a "fecked" premise holds its "reporters" to a "code of 'ethics'". Given that what we were dealing with was not so much a distortion as an outright lie, I decided to see what the "Code" had to say about such shoddy and dishonest "reporting"; even in the context of an opinion "piece".

To recap, the lie was characterizing the attendees of Saturday's tax rally at the capitol as:

...demanding an end to taxation.

and then again to ensure us he wasn't engaging in hyperbole:

The people calling for an end to all taxes

But of course everyone with a functioning brain knows that this wasn't the case. However, if you are at all familiar with this particular reporter, you know that he considers himself to be one of the chosen few (along with a select bunch of well-trafficked lefty-bloggers) to be blessed with a functioning brain. It's my guess that he was counting on that misconception to evade notice of his big fat lie.

Nor has he made any effort to correct himself, even though several commenters to his bullshit-laden droolfest called him on it. On fact, he's stayed true to his custom when confronted with his own B.S, by fleeing the scene and pretending he doesn't see them.

Perhaps he thinks he's now above such banalities. After all, he's a real grownup "reporter" now, because his "news" organization has its very own Code of Ethics to legitimize it. Among the MinnMoni code of ethics are the following:

New Journalist Fellows should be honest, tireless, fair and courageous in gathering, reporting and interpreting information for the public.

Two strikes on the "honest" and "fair" points. And a called third strike on the "courageous" issue, for declining to even bother to defend his garbage in the comments to that post.

Ensure the accuracy of all information, regardless of where it comes from. Review facts and stories. Never knowingly publish false information.

Strike four.

Give all the public the chance to respond to news stories, particularly those who might be accused of wrongdoing. Keep an open dialogue with the public.

Strike five for ignoring the comments.

Never misrepresent events in an attempt to oversimplify or take events out of context.

Strikes 6 through 25.

Always be fair, but always favor truth over balance

This is redundant with the first quoted ethic, so I'll only call one strike where I could call two.

Admit mistakes and correct them promptly.

Strike 27. And thus, the Minnesota Monitor Code of Ethics throws a complete game no-hitter against its own designated (s)hitter.

Oh wait, that was just a foul ball. I need to take liberties with my metaphor to accommodate strike 28:

Keep the same high standards to which they hold others.

The phrase "Ha! Pwn3d!" comes to mind.

The Minnesota Monitor Code of Ethics: suitable material for butt wiping, blowing your nose or training the dog!

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