Professionalism


Bill Schmalfeldt is bragging that he’s now a member of the Society of Professional Journalists. I presume that means that he went to our website, ticked the right boxes on the online form, and paid his $75 dues.

In a few years, his dues will be cut in half to the rate I pay as an “Over 62 Retired Member.”spj_memberYawn.

UPDATE—Apparently, the Cabin Boy has his panties in a knot because I’m a member of SPJ.frr201309262355ZA [redacted] fraud? Oh, come now! I presume that we were both are currently qualified for membership under the same standards, and I’m at a loss to understand why the date I joined (or rejoined, as the case may be) is of any relevance to qualification for membership. Basically, anyone who will say that he spends half-time or more doing something related to “journalism,” who is retired from doing such work, or who is studying to do such work and who pays the appropriate dues may be a member. There’s no background check or letters of recommendation required.

I was a working journalist doing broadcast news before Bill Schmalfeldt got to high school. I’m doing it again (part time) as a blogger. In between, I’ve had a career as a soldier, an engineer, and a businessman.

The Cabin Boy did get one thing right.frr201309262355aZThere’s no way I’d waste good money just to pull his chain.

9 thoughts on “Professionalism

  1. Mr. Hoge, Mr. Hoge! I have peeled all your grapes and just finished scrubbing the driveway with a toothbrush! I thought I would pause, take a break, and check the net. I found that BS deleted on article about all of you, then moved it to his blog after someone on your blog noted that it may violate DJ’s rules. I also discovered that BS is very proud of today having joined the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ). He joined today. Did I mention that he joined today?

    I bring this up because the SPJ has a list of ethics that BS loves to cite in all sorts of places, like legal briefs he has filed in courts, where said rules have no power or authority whatsoever. He appears to have violated a few rules:

    1. — “Make certain that headlines, news teases and promotional material, photos, video, audio, graphics, sound bites and quotations do not misrepresent. They should not oversimplify or highlight incidents out of context.” EXAMPLES: claiming that you called Tetyana and called Aaron Walker names, calling Stacy McCain a drunk, accusing Lee Stranahan of abusing his children and prostituting his wife.
    2. — “Identify sources whenever feasible. The public is entitled to as much information as possible on sources’ reliability.” See, 1, supra.
    3. — “Test the accuracy of information from all sources and exercise care to avoid inadvertent error. Deliberate distortion is never permissible.” See, 1, supra. Also: Aaron Walker makes his wife check for bombs, RSM terrorizes his wife, Hoge is the head of a vast Right Wing Conspiracy, RSM never moved, people raised money fraudulently.
    4. — “Never distort the content of news photos or video. Image enhancement for technical clarity is always permissible. Label montages and photo illustrations.” You mean like superimposing head shots on naked male bodies and porn actors?
    5. — “Avoid stereotyping by race, gender, age, religion, ethnicity, geography, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance or social status.” EXAMPLES: calling Ali a manservant, ridiculing his sexual choices whether accurate or not, telling another PD patient that he doesn’t have PD, and referring to an Asian female attorney as a mail-order bride.
    6. — “Distinguish between advocacy and news reporting. Analysis and commentary should be labeled and not misrepresent fact or context.” Oops. See 1-5, supra.
    7. — “Show compassion for those who may be affected adversely by news coverage. Use special sensitivity when dealing with children and inexperienced sources or subjects.” EXAMPLES: the Stranahans and their children, who now have to hear on the net the “parodies” claiming that they are child prostitutes, the Milwaukee women whom he threatened to report and have her kids taken away.
    8. — “Be sensitive when seeking or using interviews or photographs of those affected by tragedy or grief.” EXAMPLE: harassing Lee Stranahan and his wife over the death of their daughter.

    Well, break time is over. Maybe some of your other readers can finish for me! http://www.spj.org/ethicscode.asp
    I have to go dig out a swimming pool with the spoon that you gave me. Cheerio!

    • As tp 5., I wonder if the SPJ would be interested in the Cabin Boy’s claims that Mrs. Walker was a “mail-order bride?” I don’t see that accusation as being anything other than rooted in a particularly odious racial stereotype.

      We might as well claim Brett Kimberlin can neither sing nor dance because he is White. It just so happens that Brett Kimberlin can neither sing nor dance, but, I’m sure the deranged freak can understand my point anyway.

  2. Here is another one:
    — “Show good taste. Avoid pandering to lurid curiosity.”
    Hahahahaha. You mean like “poop flakes,” “making bigs,” “hairless nut sacks,” “ass cracks,” statements that he will own other people’s wives, and demanding to know personal medical histories?

  3. The upside for Bill Schmalfeldt joining the SPJ consists of all the pseudo-prestige buying a title for $75 brings–for a few bucks more he could have bought a degree from the Universal Life Church and fancied himself “Dr Schmalfeldt”.–but the downside almost certainly will be his humiliation when he is expelled for violating their code of ethics. I’m not sure if it will take hours, days, or months, but, I am fairly certain it will happened. When it does, I hope John Hoge doesn’t rub it in his face too often by ending his posts, “WJJ Hoge, member in good standing SPJ.”

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