I’m not really sure what was going through Charlo Greene’s mind when she suddenly quit her job as a TV reporter for KTVA in Anchorage, Alaska. Well, okay, she’s all for legalizing marijuana, and she’s also the president and CEO of the Alaska Cannabis Club, which is promoting the passage of Ballot Measure 2, a referendum coming up November 4th for the legalization of pot.
Before I go any further, I’d like to say up front that I don’t smoke marijuana, but I also don’t have anything against it. Therefore, I’m fairly neutral on the issue of the legalization of pot. As we used to say in North Carolina, “I don’t have a dog in this fight.”
Charlo Greene does, though. She’s fully invested in the fight to legalize marijuana in Alaska. While on the air reporting about the issue, she announced, “now everything you’ve heard is why I, the actual owner of the Alaska Cannabis Club, will be dedicating all of my energy toward fighting for freedom and fairness, which begins with legalizing marijuana here in Alaska. And as for this job, well, not that I have a choice, but…”, and then she spoke an obscenity and walked off camera. This was on live television, and left potentially dead air. Fortunately, the station cut to a different camera, where another reporter nervously made an awkward apology, then tried to cut to a commercial break before stammering on with another story. I almost felt sorry for her.
Charlo Greene isn’t in the least repentant for quitting her job in the way she did, and in an interview with Fox News‘ Jonathan Hunt, she seemed rather proud of it. When asked by Hunt if she really thought it was a wise decision to utter an expletive and quit while on the air, she replied that if she had given notice and left, no one would know why, whereas walking off-camera on live television brought attention to her cause. Greene then glibly stated that although the station apologized for her actions, she maintained that she didn’t embarrass them. That, as we all know, is nonsense. Although she admits walking off live TV was planned, she claims the obscenity was off the cuff. I’m unconvinced.
I am convinced, however, that Hunt was right when he told her that those who seek their 15 minutes of fame later find it buys them a lifetime of anonymity. What Greene effectively did was guarantee she will never work in television again. After all, what station would hire her now? Come November 4th, the legalization of pot issue in Alaska will be decided one way or another. What will she do then? The way I see it, her cause will be finished no matter which way the vote goes, and she’ll be left with a ruined career, at least in television.
Although I’ve never worked in the broadcast industry, I would imagine that positions like that – especially that of an on-air reporter – are competitive, and once gained, are highly coveted. News reporters and anchors can, at least to a certain degree, have a lot of influence on public opinion. Greene probably hasn’t given much thought to that, but instead she opted to throw it all away in order to work for one cause that will only last another month.
In addition, consider the damage she’s possibly done to her chances of being hired in many other fields outside of broadcasting. Potential employers will view her as unstable, irresponsible, and untrustworthy. In other words, she’s a loose cannon. Is any company going to want her to work for them when they can’t be sure she won’t do something like this again? I doubt it. My thoughts are that Charlo Greene will, sooner rather than later, come to regret her little on-air display.