As part of my strategy to Win Facebook Friends and Influence People, I'm Facebook friends with Fox News anchor Greta Van Susteren. (Actually, I just follow her fan page, along with 245,000 other people.)
I thought this post of hers last week revealed more than she meant it to:
Last night I had dinner with an old friend – I had not seen her in about 30 years. She asked me, 'do you ever get any rest?' I responded 'I have such an easy job…I really don't need much rest." She was surprised …but I told her to think about it: my job is not like a doctor or a nurse or emergency responder or police officer etc. where I have peoples' lives in my hands….it is not like a teacher with giant responsibility for children's education…or a business owner with overhead and employees to worry about….or a family member taking care of a sick relative etc. The foregoing is VERY HARD and VERY STRESSFUL. I just have to study and ask questions. That is not hard. Journalism is a very easy job (assuming you have a job (of course being a journalist and looking for a job is very stressful.) Sure, it is important to do your best to get it right – but that still does not bring it to the level of other much, much, much more stressful jobs. I practiced law for about 12 years or more…and that was very stressful since I was responsible for my clients. That is a 24/7 job and it is 24/7 worrying. Because I have had the experience of a very stressful job, I know how easy my current one is. So…the point of this post? I guess…to salute everybody out there since I know, compared to me, you have a tough job.
Greta, on behalf of doctors and nurses, teachers and lawyers, business owners and home caregivers everywhere: You're supposed to be scouring the world for truth because we don't have time to. If journalism is a "very easy job," you're not doing it right.