It was rumored that that the folks at NBC were not happy about weatherman Al Roker’s recent on-air diatribe against Olympian Ryan Lochte’s lies about being the victim of an armed robbery. Regardless of whether or not the rumors are true, it does make one wonder why no one else at NBC or in the media at large seemed to be all that bothered by Lochte’s behavior. It’s probably because Lochte’s actions didn’t fall into the category of a media pet peeve. In other words, Roker’s tirade seemed awkward because he went off on something that members of the media don’t typically get all bent out of shape about.
They generally save their scorn for stuff like acts and expressions of racism, sexism, homophobia, misogyny, and heterosexual perversion. They also get upset about domestic violence, rape or sexual assault against women and girls, police misconduct, the exploitation of children, cruelty to animals, and perhaps the occasional murder. Nothing else – including armed robbery, lying, looting, thuggery, drug peddling, gang violence, larceny, burglary, vandalism, and illegal immigration – seems to be a big deal to them. When upbraiding someone, make sure it is for one of their pet peeves and they will cheer you on with, “Amen, brother/sister, preach on.” But condemn someone for just about anything else and you will make them feel uneasy. You might even be accused of being judgmental..