Perhaps you’ve heard of Charlo Greene , the Alaskan-based, pot-puffing ex-reporter who set her career on fire by disclosing she was the owner of a pro-marijuana “cannabis club” while dropping a F bomb on live television as she quit before she could be fired.
There are two things I wonder about Ms. Greene’s self-exile from the ranks of professional journalism:
1. I wonder if Ms. Greene should send a workshop proposal for the next National Association of Black Journalists convention on How To Leave A Job With Absolutely No Tact, No Grace and No Class and Not Only Burn Your Bridges But Blow Them the Hell Up.
2. By figuratively, if not literally showing her behind, in pulling such a brain-dead stunt does Ms. Greene think she helped her cause or trivialized it by making herself look ridiculous?
The word on the Web is Greene went out like a boss. She showed you can leave on your terms, stay true to your principles and be a total bad ass while doing it.
There’s nothing “principled” about having a vested interest in a story you’re reporting on. Greene owned a cannabis club she covered stories about and for those armed with more opinion than knowledge, this is a classic conflict of interest and a clear violation of journalistic ethics.
For the full-time cynic that’s an oxymoron, but some of us in the profession it’s still taken seriously.
There are other “principled” issues in Alaska for Greene (or whatever her real name is) to quit her job over.
• There were over 6,000 reported cases of domestic violence in Alaska in 2005.
• 524 forcible rapes were reported in Alaska in 2005, representing almost 13% of all violent crimes.
• The Alaska rape rate is 2.5 times the national average.
• Child sexual assault in Alaska is almost six times the national average.
• Alaska has the highest rate per capita of men murdering women.
Guess the principle of protecting Alaskan women isn’t one that interests Green. You can’t cash in or get famous off of it.
It’s not my place to tell anyone what cause they need to champion and medical marijuana is a worthy one, but narcissistic, vulgar stunts like this aren’t going to win the day for the ballot proponents.
“I’m passionate about doing my job, and at the time my job was being a journalist,” Greene explained.
I like passion in people. I like people who care about things and are motivated to change what they believe is wrong. I dislike people who think vulgar stunts, shock tactics and making a public spectacle of yourself will do anything beyond showing how immature you are.
Some Black journalists are openly worried (and pretty damn mad) how Greene’s dramatic exit might be used as yet another excuse not to hire them. They should not be concerned about Greene’s impact. There is none. She was nobody yesterday, somebody today and back to being nobody by the weekend.
Long after Greene’s name tumbles off the search engines her exit strategy may be recalled as a turning point that determined victory or defeat for the ballot initiative. For her sake I hope she wins because she’ll make a lot of money running a marijuana dispensary.
If she loses she’ll never work again for any respectable news organization in Alaska, Hawaii or anywhere else in the lower 48. However she will have lots of free time to spark up so there’s that to look forward to.
Congratulations, Charlo. You are the second stupidest human being to come out of Alaska right behind Sarah Palin.