Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Someone explain ethics to Andrea Mitchell

Ethics.  It's simple to spell but apparently hard to grasp.  It's especially hard to grasp when you're Andrea Mitchell.  "Slut."  (We're quoting her notorious 30 ROCK appearance.)  You slept with Alan Greenspan and then you married him and that allowed you to have a career at NBC.  "Slut."  You whored out for the Iraq War even though your husband knew, at the time, that it was all about oil -- and he would even admit that years after the war started.  "Slut."

Maybe it's difficult for a "slut" to grasp ethics.

But even Andrea "Slut" Mitchell should have grasped that her Tweet below crossed a line too far.

One suggestion from a McCabe supporter: if a friendly member of Congress hired him for a week he could possibly qualify for pension benefits by extending his service the extra days

Reporters aren't supposed to influence events, they are supposed to cover them.

By electing to lobby for Andrew McCabe in a Tweet (one that paid off), we hope Andrea grasps that she's no longer able to report on a lot of DC stories for NBC NIGHTLY NEWS and that, in fact, she shouldn't be allowed to cover them on her MSNBC program either.

According to all ethical guidelines -- which include avoiding even the appearance of bias, not just avoiding bias, avoiding the appearance of it -- Andrea can no longer cover any story regarding Andrew McCabe.  That means she also can't cover Robert Mueller investigation.  It means she can't cover a great deal.

Unless she's to get the Al Sharpton Ethical Pass, Andrea's just Tweeted herself out of a number of stories.  Maybe the 71-year-old can finally be retired?

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