“Objective” NBC Reporter Arrested After Kissing Up to Jerry Sandusky’s Lawyer
Here’s the back story:
NBC News reporter Jay Gray was arrested last weekend for DUI after a party at the home of Joe Amandola, Jerry Sandusky‘s lawyer, according to TMZ.
Gray is a national reporter for NBC who appears frequently on its affiliated stations. He was one of a group of reporters invited to Amandola’s home for the December 11 Giants-Cowboys matchup, reportedly because the attorney is shopping a Sandusky interview around to the major networks.
Gray has been in State College since November 5 covering the Sandusky story. According to police records obtained by TMZ, Gray was arrested at 1:45 a.m. on December 12 by a Pennsylvania State Police officer.
This isn’t a story about a guy getting arrested for DUI. It’s a story about a “news” reporter, a supposed journalist, kissing up to get a scoop.
Here’s the Society of Professional Journalists’ Code of Ethics. The number one rule is: “Seek Truth and Report It.”
Beyond that, “news” reporters who pass themselves off as “journalists” are supposed to be neutral and objective. They shouldn’t have a personal relationship with anyone they cover (they should disclose it if they do) because that might taint or influence what they report. They should “avoid undercover or other surreptitious methods of gathering information.” They should “always question sources’ motives,” and they should “distinguish between advocacy and news reporting.”
So the crux of this story is what was an NBC “news” reporter doing hanging out with Joe Amandola, essentially kissing up to him so he might be the one Amandola “shops” a Sandusky interview to?
Gee. If Gray had in fact been the one to get that interview, do you think it would have been a fair and objective one? I don’t because Gary would undoubtedly have hoped for another (and another and another) interview and he wouldn’t have wanted to piss Amandola or Sandusky off because, after all, it’s all about him generating ratings for his network.
Ah yes. “New$” circa 2011 in the United States of America.