Ethics Lesson for USA Today’s ‘Queer’ Bullies
12-12-18, * -- This week, I did something that USA Today’s executive leadership apparently hadn’t done lately: I read the newspaper’s “principles of ethical conduct for newsrooms.” It’s pretty highfalutin. The media manifesto of virtue, posted online, applies to all employees “working with any news platform, including newspapers, websites, mobile devices, video, social media channels and live story events.”
Whether writing online or covering breaking developments, USA Today’s journalists are supposedly committed to:
Now, let’s compare the lofty rhetoric with low-blow reality.
On Sunday, 12/9/18 twenty-one year-old University of Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray won the Heisman Trophy. He gave a gracious, emotional speech that celebrated his faith in God, respect for his fellow athletes, love of family, lifelong work ethic and team spirit; he humbly told reporters:
“I’ve worked my whole life to fulfill my goals, but at the same time, I know there’s a higher power looking down on me. He enables me to do all things. For that I’m grateful — for the many blessings that God has blessed me with.”
However, one USA Today sports writer Scott Gleeson wasn't interested in covering the actual news of the Heisman winner’s triumph; only sabotaging it. Within hours of the press conference, Gleeson penned an article attacking Murray for posting “tweets using an anti-gay slur.” Monday morning, 12/10/18 the Murray family awoke to a barrage of character smears slamming his “homophobic” posts from six years ago — when Kyler was 14 or 15 years old and jokingly called his friends “queer.” Google became clogged with wall-to-wall coverage of his teenage antics. [But the homosexuals call themselves ‘queer’ – Ed.]
My inquiry to Nicole Carroll and executive editor for news Jeff Taylor:
“How does Gleeson’s article comport with USA Today’s stated principles of ethical conduct for newsrooms? Specifically, how did the piece...” :
*Excerpted and adapted full original message from Michelle Malkin here
Kyler Murray wins the 2018 Heisman Trophy
12-8-18, Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray was named the winner of the 2018 Heisman Trophy. Murray is the second straight quarterback from Oklahoma to win the award. The final results revealed that the Murray received 2,167 points. Tua Tagovailoa of Alabama received 1,871 points. Dwayne Haskins of Ohio State finished third with 783 points. Murray led the Sooners to a 12-1 record and a Big-12 title with 4,053 passing yards and 51 total touchdowns. Murray is the first Heisman winner not to win the Walter Camp Player of the Year, which was award to Tagovailoa; Murray did win the AP Player of the Year and the Davey O’Brien Award.
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