Allman Analysis: Greitens Story A Bad Day For Journalism In St. Louis
ST. LOUIS —
It was probably a bad day for Missouri Governor Eric Greitens, who was forced to admit to infidelity within his marriage that happened before he announced that he was running for Governor.
Greitens and his wife were forced to make a statement in response to a report on KMOV Wednesday night that was breathlessly pitched as an "investigation" that took about a year to complete.
Now that the report has been broadcast, it's a bad day for journalism in St. Louis.
KMOV's story lacked any evidence, nor did it provide any corroboration of what was reported. In the story, the now ex-husband of the woman at the center of an alleged affair with Greitens claims that he blackmailed her with a photo.
Another major problem with the story is that the woman refused to provide any kind of comment to KMOV, not even a confirmation.
The story also features recordings of a phone call her then husband allegedly had with her at the time. According to him, he made that recording without her knowledge. In this recording, she gives details about what she says happened. The woman also mentions that Greitens told her that he deleted the alleged photo in the alleged "blackmail".
The Post-Dispatch, to its credit, stuck to what it could corroborate, namely an email the woman sent to Greitens' personal Gmail account in October of 2015, which shows that she simply wanted to move on and not discuss the affair. The paper also interviewed the ex-husband, but did not run that because the woman has repeatedly declined to be interviewed or comment.
It is surprising that the story was approved to be shown by KMOV management at the time it was shown, considering so many key points are not available to back up the claims. Also, broadcasting audio of the woman made without her knowledge while she spoke to her husband is a serious violation of her privacy, as well as a violation of her choice to remain private.
Another issue: Where were the progressive liberals who support feminist causes like the #MeToo movement, who are surprisingly silent about the complete lack of respect shown this woman and her desire for the alleged affair to not be publicized?