This just in…
Reports are surfacing that CBS 46 investigative reporter Wendy Saltzman is having improper and possibly adulterous thoughts about a married man, State Senator Don Balfour. This comes just two months after Saltzman was spotted roaming the halls of the State Capitol Building, trying to corner the Senator to allegedly ask him some “tough questions”. For his own personal safety, Senator Balfour remained in the Anteroom, hoping his stalker would give up for night. He eventually left the building through a rear entrance.
Two months later, Saltzman continued her pursuit of the Senator, desperately trying to get him to acknowledge her during a campaign event. In what is believed to be a history of jealous behavior, she interrogated her would-be lover over his association with other women and even went as far as to harass other women about their relationships with the Senator. No word yet on whether or not Saltzman looked through the Senator’s text messages.
So far there is no evidence that Wendy Saltzman actually did any of the aforementioned stuff, but as a serious “investigative journalist” it’s my job to spread baseless, damaging innuendo to the public because they have a right to know.
See how easy that was, Wendy? Anyone can piece together loose facts and innuendo to suit whatever preconceived notions they desire. That doesn’t make us “investigative journalists”. Nor does it make us justified in our accusations. It makes us rumor-mongers. Before you accuse me of being the pot that called the kettle “black,” let me caveat this by saying that I am well-aware of the preponderance of rumor-mongering that happens here at Peach Pundit almost every day. But our misdeeds do not justify yours. If anything, you should hold yourself to a higher standard since you, you know, get paid to do what you do.
So, if you have something finite on Senator Balfour, put it out there. But don’t go around spreading slanderous tripe about “alleged” affairs and “alleged” impropriety—especially when you freely admit that “no evidence exists” to back up your allegations. Like him or hate him, Senator Balfour has a wife and children. I served with his son in Afghanistan. Senator Balfour was at every family event our unit held, both pre-deployment and post-deployment. And unlike some other State Legislators, he did not show up sporting his nifty “State Senator” name tag. He wasn’t campaigning. He wasn’t kissing babies. He was there to support his son, as an anonymous parent, just like all of the other anonymous parents. He does have a family that he cares about. So, once again, whether you like him or not, he is not an entity unto himself in this matter. Your allegations, even if they are bogus, do serious harm to this family. And they bring you down to our level.
We expect better from “real” media.