You've got to love how various news organizations struggle with how to handle the Money Honey-Citigroup scandal. On the one hand, it's genuine news involving one of the top guys at one of America's top banks and one of the top financial reporters in the business. On the other, it's got all sorts of possibly tawdry implications that make news editors squirm. And on the all important third hand, it's about another journalist and the prime directive in the secret manual of journalism meta-ethics is that we don't bust each other for anything short of outright lying, plagiarism and other forms of dishonesty. Alleged sex scandals? You just don't go there.
So you have to love how this article tries to act like its about Maria Bartiromo's conflicting financial relationships but ultimately its about what all the articles are about: sex and Maria's looks. Here's the concluding paragraphs:
Columnist Dennis Kneale on Forbes magazine's website defended her: "Bartiromo would not have been a target if she weighed 200 pounds and looked like Winston Churchill."
True. Nor would CNBC have hired her.
And, of course, Todd Thompson would still have his job if she looked like Winston. Because he never would have invited Winnie Bartiromo onto that plane with him.
Oh, and big ups to whatever headline writer decided to work the words "sticky situation" into the paper.
Business relationships of CNBC's 'Money Honey' could turn her credibility into a sticky situation [Star Tribune]