Halperin’s Professionalism


Halperin should focus on telling true stories meant to be newsworthy, not comedy. Part of reporting is having a basis of respect for the subjects you cover. If Halperin can’t refrain from calling the President a “dick” because he hurt his feelings, what does he think of “real” Americans he has to cover every day? He just diminished the attention the actual press conference will get and made himself the story. He is Time magazine’s editor at large. Instead of blaming the World Wide Web for reduced circulation, news organizations should blame their professional standards and thirst for sensationalism that enable and encourage behavior like Halperin’s.