My wife asked and so did one of the kids. A couple of friends also wanted to know.
Was I surprised that Matt Lauer was fired as host of the “Today” show for sexual misconduct?
Surprised? For maybe five or 10 seconds.
Stunned? Not even for a split-second.
And that’s what bothers me. It’s a demon many of us wrestle with in the news business. It’s what we have in common with police officers and judges, maybe some clergy, too.
After you’ve been on the job awhile, you become hardened. You’ve seen too many good people make poor choices; too many dumb people make even dumber decisions; too many schmucks corrupted by power.
It’s only a matter of time when you find yourself not being surprised by the Matt Lauers or the Sheriff Sam Crishes of the world … a matter of time when you become the cynic you once swore you would never become.
So, what do you do?
First, let me admit being cynical isn’t a bad trait for a journalist. A big part of our job is asking questions and not believing everything we’re told … or finding out what the public is not being told.
But certainly, you don’t want to lose your faith in people. If you do, the demon wins.
A reporter I once worked with had the right idea. Anytime she had to cover a story about people behaving badly, she said she made it a point to find something “good” to write about for her next story.
I hadn’t seen her in quite a while until I bumped into her — literally — at a seminar several years ago. She was still the same, smiling Miss Positive (actually now Mrs. Mommy Positive) that I had met so many years ago.
I jokingly asked her if she was still sticking with her formula of “good guy story” follows “bad guy story.”
She said “yes and no.”
With things being the way they are nowadays, she explained, she had to increase her dose of medicine.
It’s now “two good guy stories” for every “one bad guy story.”
ROSES AND THORNS: The roar of a Yamaha echoes across the rose garden.
Rose: Family and friends chipped in to refurbish a 1981 Yamaha 400 motorcycle for Ohio National Guard serviceman Steven Richards, 23, of Elida. Richards had been working on the bike before leaving on an 11-month tour to Jordan.
Rose: To Jason Ditto, of Delphos. He installed a “Chair of Honor” at Stadium Park in Delphos to complete his Eagle Scout project. The chair honors those veterans who are prisoners of war or missing in action. Jason is the son of Doug and Janice Ditto.
Thorn: Garry L. Tabler Jr., 49, was attending a basketball referees’ meeting Wednesday at Bath High School when officials said he accidentally discharged a weapon he was carrying in his coat pocket. There were no injuries. Sheriff deputies charged him with possession of a firearm in a school.
Thorn: A group of thieves hungry for Bella Notta’s Pizza accosted a delivery man on Broadway Street, making off with two pies and a two-liter soda.
Thorn: To Scott Donley, 33, of Celina. The vehicle he was driving exceeded speeds of 100 mph as he tried to allude Auglaize County sheriff deputies. He eventually crashed.
PARTING SHOT: You know you’re getting old when you have more candles on your cake than friends at your birthday party.
Jim Krumel is the editor of The Lima News. Contact him at 567-242-0391 or at The Lima News, 3515 Elida Road, Lima, Ohio 45807.