An interesting post on the Confederate Yankee's blog caught my eye. The story retold on the post was of a young Fox News staffer and the reason she was fired. The reason of her dismissal? She told John McCain that she voted for him in her primary because her father is a Vietnam veteran. Here's the blurb: "a 24 year old Fox News Chanel production assistant was fired this morning for something she said during the red carpet arrivals at the Time 100 Gala last night. Insiders tell us the assistant, identified as Jennifer Locke, was on assignment with a camera crew to cover the entertainment angle of the event. When Sen. John McCain walked by, the assistant said, "I voted for you in the primary, you're going to win." McCain was overheard saying to her, "You're not supposed to reveal that." Locke apparently continued to explain that she is the daughter of Vietnam veteran."
McCain correctly admonished the young woman, gently, and Fox News did the right thing by dismissing her from employment. She will look back and be thankful as she continues in the entertainment business, I think. She learned a valuable lesson.
Too bad those at all the other networks have not been taught the same lesson. When does MSNBC dismiss the likes of Matthews, and Obermann, and NBC lets go Meredith Vierra? And, CBS fires Katie Couric? Oh yeah. But she'll be let go for ratings not for her lack of professionalism.
Think of the times you've simply clicked the channel because you can't believe a word you are hearing due to the editorial comments of the news readers. Think about Chris Matthews, a former political staffer for Tip O'Neill and his remarks about the tingling up his leg over Obama. It's enough to make a person gag. He should hang his head in shame yet he doesn't even realize he is doing anything wrong. The trend towards those on television choosing a presidential nominee is truly troubling. Time and Newsweek have all but officially proclaimed Obama as the next President. Newsweek has quite the hit piece on the Republican party in the new issue, declaring that the famous Republican 'attack machine' has gotten votes due to scaring voters and it's mostly those stupid people in middle America who don't make a lot of money and go to church. Newsweek is a joke.
And, for more entertainment joking, are you as creeped out by Barbara Walters and her revelations in her new book as I am? Dear Lord. I haven't read the book, Audition, and don't plan on it either. I just don't feel right being an accomplice to her sacrificing the reputations and privacy of all her former lovers, including a Republican, black, married politician from Massachusetts more than 30 years ago. I'm sure her only problem with that equation was the fact that he was a Republican. The horror.
I need a bath. Bad enough we have interviewers like her to thank for moving the entertainment shows to the lowest common denominator. She even mentions she had to chose between interviewing President Bush or Mary Kay Letourneau for her last appearance on the show 20/20. Letourneau, you may remember, made news for her conviction of having a sexual relationship with a student as well as having two children with him as she divorced her husband and left her own children. She chose Letourneau, of course.
Class act, that one.