On Thursday we reported that The Daily Caller‘s Executive Editor David Martosko will be taking an undetermined leave of absence to deal with a medical condition involving a tumor. Martosko runs The Daily Caller newsroom. Not only did Martosko act incensed that we’d report on such a issue, this morning we got an anonymous letter from someone who also thinks we committed some sort of moral crime for reporting the news.
From: “Lisa Lisa.” Subject line: “your obnoxious story.”
“Uh Betsy, It is in fact none of your business. There’s nothing “odd” about telling the people who report to you how to proceed while you are away. And it is grossly inappropriate for you to mock the way a cancer victim is handling his notification about medical leave. You ought to be ashamed of yourself. There’s no place for mockery about someone’s health, even in your ‘publication’ (and I use that term very loosely to describe your product).”
Note to AnonymASS: None of our business? That’s intriguing. Writing a media story that affects an entire newsroom of reporters is well within our beat. There was no “mocking” of Martosko. To issue a letter to freelancers alluding to a serious medical condition is odd in that it doesn’t happen every day of the week. And ashamed? Perhaps if I invented the story out of whole cloth I should be ashamed if not fired. I reported a story. I did my job. As with other Washington reporters, that’s called Thursday.