Baton Rouge Business Report Publisher and Gov. Bobby Jindal man-crushee Rolfe McCollister accused LSU journalism professor and political columnist Bob Mann of unethical journalism for his criticism of Jindal.
In his latest column, the pro-Jindal super PAC Believe Again treasurer — who regularly kisses Jindal’s ass in his editorials — questions the ethicality of an LSU faculty member, like Mann, openly criticizing the university for which he or she works.
In the latter portion of the column titled “The Two Hats of Bob,” the treasurer of Jindal’s 2007 gubernatorial campaign and chairman of the governor’s transition team noted Mann serves on the faculty of the Manship School of Mass Communication while also writing a weekly political column for The Times-Picayune.
“I am getting the feeling that Mann switches his hats often and there may be an ethical question with his two roles. Not a good example for Mann to set for LSU students,” wrote McCollister, whose journalistic chin is a frequent resting spot for Jindal’s political balls.
The Jindal crony and apologist’s column came in the wake of Mann’s latest column, in which Mann called for the next governor to dismiss the current LSU Board — of which McCollister is a member, appointed by Jindal — for dereliction of its duty to protect the university from Jindal’s damaging budget cuts. A recent blog post of Mann’s also called out McCollister’s hypocrisy of endorsing the arrest of then-Gov. Edwin Edwards in 1992 for his proposed budget cuts to higher education.
Jindal’s arguably most politically connected propagandist — who also happens to be the publisher of a prominent print publication in the capital city — managed to find an anonymous “former seasoned journalist” to address “the ethics of a faculty member who has a second job and writes about his university.”
If McCollister’s anonymous expert actually existed and were a bona fide “former seasoned journalist,” he would know that numerous major, well-respected media outlets often “cover the institution that pays” the reporter’s salary.
This mysterious person, who is so proud of his acquaintance with McCollister that he didn’t want McCollister to mention his name, reportedly told McCollister, “Every good journalist knows that you cannot ethically cover the institution that pays your salary and the people who supervise the work you do for that salary.”
When asked about the assertions made by McCollister’s anonymous journalistic ethics expert, The Red Shtick’s own anonymous journalistic ethics expert replied, “That guy doesn’t know what the fuck he’s talking about. Also, he doesn’t exist. McCollister just made him and his quote up to lend his argument some sad semblance of journalistic integrity.”
Our anonymous expert explained how, if McCollister’s anonymous expert actually existed and were a bona fide “former seasoned journalist,” he would know that numerous major, well-respected media outlets often “cover the institution that pays” the reporter’s salary. Examples cited include ABC News covering stories involving Disney, NBC News doing stories regarding GE, The Washington Post publishing stories on Jeff Bezos and Amazon.com, Stars and Stripes printing stories about the military and Department of Defense, and any newspaper that still employs an ombudsman.
Jindal’s political paramour ended his semiweekly column by suggesting The Times-Picayune should quit printing Mann’s column.
“I wonder if Times-Picayune editor Jim Amoss (who sits on the LSU Manship Board of Visitors) has thought about that conflict? It is obvious Mann hasn’t,” the governor’s go-to ball gargler wrote.
That last line from McCollister drew this response from our anonymous journalistic ethics expert: “I wonder if McCollister even realizes the salt from Jindal’s testicles has utterly destroyed his ability to be intellectually honest regarding issues involving the governor?”