PUBLIC OPINION > The Houston Chronicle Should Have Kept Its Stripper
SodaHead News 2012/04/06 13:00:00
Sarah Tressler was getting along just fine as a stripper/reporter/professor until The Houston Press connected the dots. Now she's gotta scrape by as a stripper/professor and explain the stripper part to her family. When Richard Connelly of The Press realized Tressler -- a reporter for rival newspaper, The Houston Chronicle -- was a stripper by night, he turned it into an article and got her fired. Now it's national news, which is an odd phenomenon in its own right. Well, it's too late for that. But should The Chronicle have let her stay?
Too bad for Tressler, The Houston Chronicle's decision wasn't run by our voters, because she'd still be in the job. A whopping 77% of respondents thought the decision was foul, and the reason was pretty obvious: She wasn't stripping on company time. If she had been, that would have been another story -- but this was off-the-clock. Of course, The Chronicle did have the right to fire her, but that doesn't mean it was a good decision. One commenter even suggested, "[The Chronicle] should have had her write a column on the hypocrisy of [The Press] and kept her on as a gesture of fairness and defiance."
Conservatives Would Have Kept Her
One of the arguments Connelly (the guy who outed Tressler) kept bringing up in his article was the fact that The Chronicle is a conservative newspaper. Why would she want to write for people who wouldn't approve? Well, turns out they would. Libertarians did appear to mind, but we're guessing that was more of a "the paper had a right" thing.
What about the religious readers? Wouldn't they mind? A bit more than conservatives, but not much. Fewer than a third of Christian voters thought Tressler should be fired. If The Chronicle is really trying to protect its "credibility" or "moral image," as some have suggested... who exactly are they protecting it for?
Teens Fancy Tressler
There wasn't much of a difference among age demographics, except for the teens. Voters under the age of 18 were especially keen on letting Tressler keep her job as a reporter. It could be a genuine, from-the-heart interest in her well-being, or it could be a facetious intrigue. Although, on that note, male and female voters were exactly even.
If you'd like to vote on this question, dig deeper into the demographics, or engage in existing discussion about the topic, visit our poll about Sarah Tressler. We'd love to hear from you!
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