I know you’ve been DYING to know what Megan Pratz thinks about Herman Cain’s alleged affair and I will not disappoint.
A lot of speculation and news reports have wondered why Herman Cain and his alleged mistress Ginger White engaged in late night texting and phone calls. Because people don’t do that unless its a booty call right? And why would Cain give White money, something he admits to, if he weren’t sleeping with her?
Well, I have your answer. At least, I believe I have an explanation as to what may have caused all of these events. They’re in AA. Or NA. Or whatever -A group.
The basic principles of Anonymous groups are simple. They are anonymous. That means, you don’t talk about the group outside of the group. And many people in these 12-step programs have sponsors to help them through recovery.
So here’s what I think. I think Herman Cain is Ginger White’s sponsor. He is there for her as she struggles with sobriety, even offering a helping hand (in the form of money) when life gets to be too much. It makes sense right? When one of them is jonesing, they call the other for support and help.
That means Cain cannot talk about the group, or the people in it, outside of the group. Which explains his erratic and confusing behavior. Which is worse? Being a male chauvinist (“boys will be boys”) or having a substance/behavior addiction? Obviously, as a candidate for president, being a womanizing jerk is better. See Bill Clinton.
Now why would White speak out with these damaging allegations if they weren’t true? Simple really. Cain stopped the money flow. He cut her off, as addicts often must be cut off, to get healthy.
Makes sense right? I think so. Either that or he’s simply a cheater. But it will make next week’s meeting VERY awkward.
I’m about to tell you something that may make you a little jealous. On Wednesday, I met and produced an interview with Academy Award winning actress Meryl Streep. Yes, you read that right. Meryl. Streep. I’m sure you think I have the coolest job and as my Twitter followers know #iDOhavethecoolestjob. But it’s what brings Ms. Streep to Washington, DC, that I really want to write about.
The National Mall has a museum of natural history, American history, art and an aquarium. But, conspicuously missing is a museum to women’s history. You may think it’s covered by the museum of American history, but alas, it’s not. The American history museum does have a lovely display of First Ladies’ dresses. Nothing about their lives and works, but intimate details about their dresses.
I’m not trying to be overtly feminist, or challenging the influence of men. Men did a great deal for this country. But, so did women. And they deserve the same level of recognition with a museum of their own. Meryl Streep is the spokesperson for the National Women’s History Museum, which currently exists solely online. She is pushing Congress to pass a bill allowing the organization to purchase a site near the mall to build a museum. The bill passed the House soundly, but failed to pass in the Senate, as two (male) Senators put a hold on the bill.
Meryl Streep could put her name and face on any cause. She doesn’t even have to have a cause. She’s MERYL STREEP! But, she chose this one because she believes in giving women a place to be celebrated, recognized and learned about. I think many women would be surprised to find out there is not a museum of women’s history, not just in DC, but in the entire country. Whatever your thoughts on women’s contributions to history or the present, I believe it is important for young women and girls to know whose shoulders they can stand on to make their own influence on history. And maybe a museum is the way to do that.
One of the weirdest things about growing up, particularly if you work in journalism, is the interns. I know, I know, they’re just interns. But no, actually, they aren’t. They are a representation that I am finally (!) a real-life, bona fide, grown-up.
I was lucky enough to have two internships as a college student: one at a local news affiliate and one at a network. I loved both of them for different reasons and learned so much, not just about news production, but about working in a newsroom and the business of news. This past summer I was having dinner with a friend, who was interning at a travel magazine. I made an off-hand remark about “my intern,” and she shrieked, “you have INTERNS!?!?!?” I realized, WOW, I do have interns. I am helping to mold the next journalists of America.
I am young (and inexperienced) enough to remember being an intern, but since I was one in the Summer of 2010, it wasn’t really that long ago. And that’s the point. Interns grow up. They become reporters, producers, graduate students, and some leave journalism altogether. But they become professionals. And it’s their internships that teach, mold and change them. That’s a big responsibility. One I’m not sure I was ready for. But totally worth it.
One of the greatest things about being a journalist is getting to create stories to share with the world. Last week, I was able to field produce an interview with Gloria Allred on the allegations of sexual harassment against 2012 GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain. We used her interview, along with a soundbite from the American Association of University Women’s Lisa Maatz on sexual harassment in schools. It was a great segment and a great discussion. It’s moments like this I love my job; I love working in news. I love discussing stories with my coworkers and seeing all the different angles.
And that is why I’m starting this blog. I don’t have a lot of staying power. Honestly, I can barely remember to tweet regularly. I’m an irregular tweeter. But I believe I have one of the coolest jobs in the world. And who wouldn’t want to share that? So, along with my cute job anecdotes, you’ll get a look into my life and my witty musings on popular culture. As I like to say, I have a lot of opinions. You are just the lucky people to share them with.