Ahhh, Joe Moore
Ok, so it was in the paper today that Joe Moore has decided to stay at KHON TV news. The station was sold recently, and the new owners revealed plans to slash the a huge portion of the news team budget and staff. In response, a number of key personel at KHON TV news resigned in protest. Joe Moore, apparently, decided otherwise. I find this to be somewhat surprising considering Moore’s on-air comments last week. Now I don’t know Joe Moore, but I can’t imagine news in Hawaii without him. I have no doubt that he could easily find work if he decided to split based on moral grounds, but he decided to stay anyway. Ok, cool. It’s his life and everyone’s got to make a living. However Moore’s press release said that the reason for his decision was that he ultimately he works for the viewers. That’s an admirably journalistic thing to say. However I can’t help but feel a tiny bit funny about that. I’ve been increasingly wary of national TV news over the past few years, but I’ve always felt that local news was different; more trustworthy. More than anyone else, Joe Moore was the guy you could trust the most. Joe Moore’s press release felt like “spin” to me in light of everything I’ve heard about the station. Joe Moore isn’t supposed to spin! Maybe he does and I’ve just never noticed it, but I feel like I just took a mental step back from Joe Moore. Geez, I’m becoming more cynical by the day.