Can We Talk About Standards?

The Internet is the Wild West! There are NO RULES! It’s ANARCHY! Oh God, oh God, we’re all going to BLOG!

The editorial concludes, “It is the opinion of the owners of KSTP that we owe a debt of gratitude to all police officers on duty during the Republican National Convention.”

It’s certainly not out-of-bounds to praise police; even some reporters and photographers who were arrested last week told me they basically agree. (Of course, other journalists cite incidents that raise questions about this evaluation.)

However, two things are worth noting — one of which KSTP had a duty to disclose, and the other a bit of valuable context.

First, the context: KSTP was the only major Twin Cities TV station that didn’t have a staff member arrested covering the demonstrations, according to an assignment desk staffer this afternoon. That might’ve altered the Channel 5 staff’s perspective.

Second, the must-do: KSTP’s owner, Hubbard Broadcasting Inc., was an RNC Host Committee sponsor and HBI patriarch Stanley Hubbard is on the Host Committee’s executive board.

Said it before, I’ll say it again: You can make a rules committee for bloggers when you get done applying one to the TV guys.

Via Romenesko.


4 thoughts on “Can We Talk About Standards?

  1. Damn, A.
    I wish you would ignore stories like that so we can get back to killing journalism like we’re supposed to do.

  2. Ok, maybe pigs shouldn’t wear lipstick. I can understand why they should especially when they need makeup. Obama might have said that if it quacks like a duck, walks like a duck, flies like a duck maybe in fact it is a duck that would not have gotten as much play as the lipstick. However, I digress the truth of the matter is an earmark is an earmark whether you state you don’t want a particular earmark or not, keeping the money from an earmark is still an earmark any politician would want to please the people back home with.
    Can anyone tell that her appearance that she nothing more than eye candy for a dirty old white man thirty years difference is enough to qualify for that to be eye candy. Maybe he is looking for wife number three or just a mistress on the side what better way than making her your vice presidential candidate than when you have a cabinet meeting you can have action on the side, that is just one dirty one man thinking out loud.
    Just think out loud. Keep up the good work.

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