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‘Bring a male colleague along’: The controversy between a Mississippi reporter and candidate for gov

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by Tweener, Jul 11, 2019.

  1. Pilot

    Pilot Well-Known Member

    The whole implication of the policy is that women — specifically women, because there’s not a rule about men — lie and are looking for opportunities to take advantage of powerful men, to “get their 15 minutes” or some such bullshit.

    Anyone sexist enough to employ the policy should be disqualified, and anyone who’s, on top of that, stupid enough to actually broadcast being so sexist should be doubly disqualified.
  2. Azrael

    Azrael Well-Known Member

    This analogy only works if the teacher requires a parent to be present for every interaction with a student.
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  3. britwrit

    britwrit Well-Known Member


    At last report, still lusting in his heart.
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  4. Twirling Time

    Twirling Time Well-Known Member

    Even in Mississippi there’s a point where your typical mainline Baptist will go “Yeesh.”
  5. Elliotte Friedman

    Elliotte Friedman Moderator Staff Member

    A professor friend tells me this happens at college campuses everywhere. He wasn't surprised when he heard this.

    Doug Christie comes to politics.
  6. HanSenSE

    HanSenSE Well-Known Member

    Oddly, as I type this CNN is airing an interview of Pence with Pamela Brown (a solid 6, of course) and seems comfortable. Perhaps the camera crew has another male in it, or it's not a big deal.
  7. Tweener

    Tweener Well-Known Member

    I wasn’t surprised, either. I actually once had a professor, a woman, who wouldn’t meet privately in her office with any men. I never considered it a universal distrust of us. I just think she wanted to avoid any potentially compromising, or at least awkward, situations. I don’t think it ever put me at a disadvantage.

    With Foster, him denying a journalist certain privileges because she is a woman does put her at an unfair disadvantage. Even if the “policy” were well intentioned, some concessions should’ve been made to avoid that, I believe.
    Last edited: Jul 13, 2019
  8. tapintoamerica

    tapintoamerica Well-Known Member

    Problem is that his justification alternates between his strong Christian beliefs and the practical concerns of running for office in 2019.
  9. crimsonace

    crimsonace Well-Known Member

    If you're going to enforce the Billy Graham rule in a professional setting, it is on you to bring another person (a staffer?) to fulfill it, not make a request of the reporter or your guest.

    Every church I've ever attended operates by the rule. My wife is a religion reporter and understands it. It's not a hassle when she goes to interview someone. It's often just that the person she's interviewing keeps the door open or that another person might be in the room during an interview.

    If you're running for governor, you will have media. If you want to make sure you're not alone with someone, then *you* - not the reporter - need to make arrangements.
  10. Baron Scicluna

    Baron Scicluna Well-Known Member

    A religion reporter? Do parents tell her she’s depriving their kids of divinity school scholarships?
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  11. HanSenSE

    HanSenSE Well-Known Member

    When she tells some pesty caller to go to hell, she means it!
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  12. Doc Holliday

    Doc Holliday Well-Known Member

    I don't blame him at all. Just have a male staff member of his own there at all times and he's covered. But I don't blame him at all. Look at what that poor bastard Brett Kavanaugh went through. Fuck the Fake News media.
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