Sunday, November 29, 2009
State Dinners, Party Crashers, and Journalism Ethics
So this very very rich couple, Tareq and Michele Salahi, crashed a White House state dinner and now want six figures to tell us all why and how they were able to hoodwink the Secret Service and crash an Obama party and get pictures of it to boot. They may get to go to jail.
This should be very disturbing to every American. I don't care what anyone thinks of President Obama. He is our president, and his security is essential to ours. There's nothing funny about any of this, although I'm sure Saturday Night Live will have something soon that will make me laugh.
What should be among the most distrubing revelations resulting from the Salahis' escapade is the photo shown on this post. The picture is of Michele Salahi with an invited guest, Katie Couric, anchor of the CBS Evening News.
I'm not terribly concerned that Couric, who is supposed to be a savvy objective journalist, and who is the face of what was once one of the world's most respected news organizations, was stupid enough to be photographed with someone who had minutes earlier foiled the United States Secret Service and got close enough to our Commander In Chief to shake his hand with both of hers.
My concern is with why Couric was there in the first place.
Journalists, if they are expected to be viewed as objective, do not accept invitations from the President of the United States, to hobnob with political bigwigs. That is what one does at state dinners. And Couric's decision to attend undermines any credibility she may ever have had as a serious journalist.
Of course, we know that Couric is not neutral. It is clear, from her gushing coverage of the election and commentary since, that the president makes her wet.
I've said it before. She's little more than a talking head with a political agenda. She is not a journalist by any respectable definition. That she attempts to present herself as one, is nothing short of a disgrace.
Posted by Michael Sanborn at 11:05 PM