Sarah Tressler, the Houston Chronicle society reporter who gained national, if not worldwide, fame for also being a stripper, made her first public statements this morning.
Good Morning America flew her to New York and she spoke about her experience.
Two things we did not know that we learned in the intro: 1) Houston is "a city famous for big oil, big spenders and genteel Southern living" (say whaaat?) and 2) the Chron is "one of the country's most prestigious newspapers."
We also learned an actual important thing, one we'd been highly curious about: Had Tressler told anyone at the Chron about her semi-publicly blogging about her stripping, including putting pictures of herself out there?
When asked, Tressler giggled a bit and said no, she hadn't told anyone.
If that's true and she's not just trying to protect someone, that is a pretty egregious lapse of journalistic judgment on the part of a reporter. And not just any reporter -- as the Chron's society reporter, she is in many ways a face of the paper, or at the very least a representative of it, to those elites the Chron takes such pains not to offend, only to fawn over.
The "rule" doesn't apply just to things like stripping -- if she blogged, Facebooked and tweeted about being a prominent activist, say, in the Democratic Party or an antiabortion group, that's something she'd need to disclose to any papers looking to hire her.
Tressler said she didn't think anyone would "be so mean" as to report on a Chron society writer who is also a semi-public stripper.