I Gotcher Journalistic Ethics Right Here

If you listen over the weekends to American Public Media is “On The Media”, heard on NPR stations nationwide, you’ll hear the hosts, Brooke Gladstone and Bob Garfield, sniffling and shuffling about the state of the modern media. Periodically, the subject turns to “journalistic ethics”.

Most media organizations will point to something called the “Code of Ethics,” from the Society of Professional Journalists”. No, we’ve been over the Code before; it basically does nothing but give news media a framework by which they can declare just about any behavior “ethical”.

And just you watch – that’s exactly what is going to happen with this story :

ABC-57 reporter Alyssa Marino’s editor sends her on a half-hour drive southwest of their South Bend studio, to the small town of Walkerton (Pop. ~2,300). According to Alyssa’s own account on Twitter, she “just walked into their shop [Memories Pizza] and asked how they feel” about Indiana’s new Religious Freedom Restoration Act.

Owner Crystal O’Connor says she’s in favor of it, noting that while anyone can eat in her family restaurant, if the business were asked to cater a gay wedding, they would not do it. It conflicts with their biblical beliefs. Alyssa’s tweet mentions that the O’Connors have “never been asked to cater a same-sex wedding.”

What we have here is — as we called in journalism school jargon — “no story.” Nothing happened. Nothing was about to happen.

If I were forced to mark out a story line, it would be this: A nice lady in a small town tries to be helpful and polite to a lovely young reporter from “the big city.”

In other words, Memories Pizza didn’t blast out a news release. They didn’t contact the media, nor make a stink on Twitter or Facebook. They didn’t even post a sign in the window rejecting gay-wedding catering jobs. They merely answered questions from a novice reporter who strolled into their restaurant one day – who was sent on a mission by an irresponsible news organization.

So I’m gonna make sure I tune in “On the Media” this weekendand, to see by what logically torturous path they find this behavior by the media justified.

I don’t know how they’ll do it.

I only know that they will.

15 thoughts on “I Gotcher Journalistic Ethics Right Here

  1. Hopefully it stays open until I get back to visit my step-dad, who lives 30 miles away. Going!

  2. I think that journalists should look for “secret Jews”. One tried and true method is to see who will refuse to drive a car or light a fire on the Jewish Sabbath. Make lists. Send them to the authorities, or expose them some other way. We cannot allow these secret Jews to spoil the purity of our community!

  3. On the Media; From the left.

    Minnesota Peoples’ Radio celebrated Holy Week Tuesday by presenting an academic Jewish Lady who writes alot about religion speaking about Jesus.

    In summary, he wasn’t God, and he isn’t The Way so Easter is kind of a crock. But he was a nice Jewish man who, when his message is purged of Christian nonsense had some good talking points that can be useful.

    eg. He healed the sick – supports universal health care.
    He helped the poor – supports expanding the welfare state.

  4. Another illustration of the hatred and intolerance of the Left for all things traditionally considered good, right, just, or moral in America.

    I’m going to botcott Netflix for offering “Leave It To Beaver” on DVD. The entire show is one huge microaggression.

  5. Also “Dukes of Hazzard”, Joe.” Good ol’ boys” driving a car named “General Lee” whose horn blew Dixie? C’mon.

  6. With RFRA laws about to go the way of the Fugitive Slave Act, I wonder if the Amish will now have to install electric outlets and lights in their homes as code requires? Or if Quakers will have to serve in combat positions in the event of a draft and war? Or if Native Americans will have to give up their peyote rituals? Or if observant Jews will have to stop allowing their minor children to partake in wine at their Seders?
    Soon, Christians who believe participating in a gay marriage ceremony by catering the event (Gay weddings feature pizza? Beats the little piece of chicken the hetero’s give you.) or by baking the wedding cake or perhaps even officiating the vows violates their religious conscience will be required to wear yellow crosses sewn to their garments – Warsaw ghetto style – so the attendees will be able to identify and degrade them – Nazi style.

  7. Journalist ethics is a oxymoron like tolerant leftist olawyer’s that have souls. Lot more media people seem genuinely stunned at the gates of hell. I enjoy greeting them on a daily basis

  8. bb; you probably saw this already, but more tolerant people have helped Memories Pizza say kiss my ass to the haters and hypocrites by donating, last I checked, over $150,000 to the owners. Take that lefty propaganda spewers!

  9. Now at $517,000. That is an additional $9K in the past 35 minutes. Average contribution is $30. I am going to make one today.

  10. Now up to $525,000. Someone went to one or more Muslim bakeries in Dearborn Michigan and asked them to make them a cake for a homosexual wedding. They were refused service. Yet, this is not in the MSM. Why not? Is Betsy Hodges or Mark Dayton angry about this? Why not? Gee, if I didn’t know better, I’d say the Democrat party is made up of anti-Christian bigots.

  11. I don’t have an ice cream shop, but if I did, I wouldn’t cater gay wedding dress up day either. Please start a fund for me.

  12. You used “journalist” and “ethics” in the same sentence. What were you thinking?

  13. How is not catering a wedding denying any right? Can the couple not get married without the caterer? florist? baker?

  14. If I were running a business, I would tell glbt couples that I would be happy to cater their events, because those events would be a great venue to preach the gospel of the Lord. Wonder how many takers I would get?

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