CNN Reporter Suspended

Elise Labott, the CNN reporter this post is titled for, got a two week suspension from her job the other day because of a tweet. In it she said, “House passes bill that could limit Syrian refugees. Statue of Liberty bows head in anguish.” It’s a stupid comment imo, one I disagree with, but I don’t get why she got suspended. It’s not like that kind of bias is unusual in the media these days, especially in the bigger networks, so why exactly is she being singled out? I don’t get it…

Most reporters these days aren’t really reporters, they’re commentators.

And that holds true for FOX every bit as much as CNN, the only difference being which direction the bias goes (e.g. FOX = right wing bias CNN = left wing bias). The bias is there one way or the other though, and by extension so is the commentary – you know, the part that they call “straight reporting” but actually isn’t. So I guess I’m just sort of wondering… why does that merit a suspension when it’s a regular practice for most major news outlets, including their own?

I’m not saying the bias is a good thing, in fact it’s kind of sick how much it bleeds into so many news reports out there, but fair is fair for fuck’s sake. If she gets suspended, there are a quite few other reporters CNN should be penalizing too.

Oh-oh-oh and get this, a reporter of the Washington Post (of all fucking places) was one of the first to question her tweet and whether it met CNN’s editorial guidelines. Surely I can’t be the only one who thinks that’s funny, since the Washington Post has been making headlines of it’s own for the past few hours with their assertion about the Statue of Liberty. They claim she was originally meant to be a Muslim, at least last I checked, although when I first came across this particular news item I could’ve sworn they said she was a Muslim. *shrugs*

Whichever version they actually claimed though…

It was outlandish. To offer a bit of lazy insight into that just so we’re clear on why no one from the Washington Post should be criticizing anyone about how they report the news, Wikipedia says:

“The statue is of a robed female figure representing Libertas, the Roman goddess, who bears a torch and a tabula ansata (a tablet evoking the law) upon which is inscribed the date of the American Declaration of Independence, July 4, 1776.” See? A robed female representation of a Roman fucking Goddess, not an Egyptian Muslim. It’s not like I have anything against Muslims either, aside from the nutjobs (which, btw, every walk of life has its share of), but yeah.

Hardly the product of an ethical or competent source of news, so I can’t imagine where they get off acting like they’re better in any way. And before anyone can even think of criticizing my track record as a journalist, get a clue. Commentating isn’t something I do under the guise of ‘unbiased reporting’, it’s something I do as is. My writing is commentary, so while I probably surpass the standards most modern journalists hold themselves to I am not, in fact, beholden to them.

Journalists are though, and what’s more than the expectation for truthfulness, they’re supposed to be impartial and unbiased. And I guess what the essence of what I think about shit like this reporters suspension or the Washington Posts news items, is that it’s sad how many journalists aren’t reporting the facts, let alone reporting them without bias. Even sadder is that when they do actually get in trouble, the first one to bring attention to it is another (even worse) reporter.


7 thoughts on “CNN Reporter Suspended

    • One of the things that I think shocks me the most is the lack of consequences 😦 .

      In this case there was a suspension, but there have been a few times recently when various media outlets and their reporters have been straight-up caught in lies. I thought that kind of thing used to get journalists fired… Not with something as minor as this particular case (it was just a slightly biased tweet, after all), but with deliberate distortions of fact… it’s just astonishing to me that people who do that keep their jobs.

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  1. It’s true that all networks are biased. But you left out two important points: First, Fox News does not pretend to be “unbiased”. They do not dodge or equivocate on where they are coming from. The other networks will pose as even-handed journalists and then feed you a pile of liberal scat.

    Second, Fox is biased but they are more fair to the left than the other networks are to the right.

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    • lol I’m sensing some bias there. In all seriousness though, I agree… to a point. FOX as a whole, in a lot of ways doesn’t hide where they’re coming from, but a lot of their shows imply that they’re simply reporting facts. O’Reilly gained a lot of respect from me a while ago though as an exception, when he questioned Jorge Ramos about why he didn’t just admit that his actions proved him to be an activist rather than a reporter, because he also threw in a sort of “hey, look, I’m not a reporter either, I’m a *commentator*”. To me, that’s exactly what he is, but up until then I’d always been under the impression that he thought otherwise and I’d never seen him acknowledge or make note of the fact that he’s a commentator (as opposed to a reporter).

      A lot of the shows on FOX, at least from what I’ve seen so far, probably wouldn’t acknowledge that distinction if asked, or else would prefer no one ask so they can keep pretending their objective journalists.

      “The other networks will pose as even-handed journalists and then feed you a pile of liberal scat.”

      Very true. And a lot will try to sell over-the-top right wing madness haha. And don’t get me wrong, I’m not a fan of the “liberal scat”, as you put it, either. Scat is scat, after all 🙂 .

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  2. Spot on. We’re swimming in an ever-deepening global cesspool of idiocy lately–Ms. LaBott’s tweet was unprofessional, but at least her comment made sense in context. This enthusiastic hyper vigilance for screw-ups is an extension of the same social neurosis gripping university campuses, the expectation of offense exploded into a near-sexual frenzy of anticipation of the hunt, the thrill of the chase, and the ultimate consummation/kill. I skew populist left on most issues, but react vehemently to being labelled a liberal since the loudest of us have become drunk with power, an embarrassment to the rest. Pity that the best the right can do is to trot out a sideshow of freaks, fools, blowhards and–worst of all–rigid company men. As a nation, we sure could use some center moderation, but we’re not going to get it because competent statesmanship doesn’t play well on television, memes, or twitter blasts. Fox offends my intelligence, CNN offends my sense of righteousness, and the Washington Post thinks Lady Liberty is Muslim? They didn’t have History class where WashPo editors went to high school? They don’t have the internet now? Or don’t they care? The loudest, most outrageous words win, regardless of context or veracity.

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    • I try not to throw around labels 😉 (I’m pro weed and abortions, not in any way religious, a strong believer in the 2nd amendment, gay marriage, and religious freedom, and I strongly believe in the separation of church and state, so about the only one that really encapsulates all of that, to me, is “American”).

      “They didn’t have History class where WashPo editors went to high school? They don’t have the internet now? Or don’t they care?”

      lol Those are pretty much the exact questions that were floating around in my head when I first started seeing news articles pop up about the Washington Post’s article.

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