Professionalism’s Been Thrown out the Window

I’m going to preface this by saying that this is not a post about politics but rather one that is taking a look at a piece of the nature of this year’s election.

As this election progresses there’s been an increased lack of tastefulness from some candidates and their parties. There have been a few incidents towards female journalists involving Donald Trump that provoked frustration from a girl aspiring to be a journalist.

The first was at the GOP Debate back in August when Trump didn’t seem to like host Megyn Kelly’s frank questions. Not only did he deny saying what Kelly said he did, but he took it a step further suggesting rude commentary of Kelly. His feud with her didn’t stop there but rather continued into this year. Kelly said she would not apologize for doing ‘good journalism.’ And frankly, I don’t think she should have to.

In another incident at the end of last month, Trump’s campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski was charged with battery after grabbing a reporter at a campaign event. Reporter Michelle Fields was, of course, a woman. A woman just trying to do her job.

See the encounter here. Does that seem like professional behavior? I’d beg to argue it’s quite the contrary.

When did it become okay to be overtly rude to people in public? When you have a stage like a politician does, why would you not be using that platform for good? What good does it do to waste time putting people down who are uninvolved with the topic itself? And since when has it been okay to push and shove women or men around?

There’s been a fight in our country to grant woman the same access and privilege as men. But as seen with both Kelly and Fields, entering this equal playing field apparently means you can and will also be faced with complete rudeness. Why is this necessary in the professional world? Isn’t being professional about showing a competence and expertise in something? Not pushing, poking, prying and prodding.

This political race has made me question the professionalism of some of the candidates up for president in 2016. The race has been made into a circus instead of focusing on planning for ways to improve our country.

There’s something to be said for our culture’s hypersensitivity to political correctness but not at the expense of common courtesy.

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