Journalists are supposed to report the news, not be the news.
In an unprofessional display of incivility and disrespect, a Philadelphia newscaster (we are using the term generously) made a foul-mouthed comment about White House counselor Kellyanne Conway during a live broadcast on Tuesday.
When discussing Conway’s defense of President Donald Trump on the already-ridiculous “inauguration crowd size” argument — why on earth is anyone still discussing this? — news anchor Mike Jerrick of “Good Day Philadelphia” blurted out, “She’s good at bulls***.”
Here’s the video (WARNING: strong language). To see the gaffe, just skip to 2:08.
This was no rookie mistake. Jerrick is a 10-time Emmy winner and veteran news host. He knows the rules and policies that we all live by, and “no vulgarity” is right at the top. In short, he knows better.
Perhaps he thought he was entitled. Or perhaps he just wasn’t thinking at all.
And now, he’s out of a job, at least temporarily. Jerrick has been suspended from his position for an undisclosed period of time, according to The Washington Times.
A Fox Network representative told Philadelphia magazine that the Jerrick’s comments were not “in line” with Fox guidelines and that the matter “has been addressed.”
This isn’t Jerrick’s first rodeo when it comes to stirring up trouble. He’s known for running his mouth, making suggestive comments, smelling a female guest’s hair, and whacking a female author on the backside with her book, according to Philly.com.
These episodes of thoughtlessness and professional irresponsibility might seem funny to viewers, but they’re not amusing to the guests, nearly always women, who have to put up with this clown. The only wonder is why he hasn’t been dealt with sooner.
Co-host Alex Holley, who immediately apologized to the viewing audience following Jerrick’s comment, will hold down the fort in Jerrick’s absence.
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H/T U.K. Daily Mail