Bice tells us that the two lovebirds shared over 20o emails before the affair allegedly started. In one of the emails, McBride is not so subtly asking Flynn out for drinks. In another, Flynn showed a bit of clairvoyance:
"Once the article is declared done, with the expectation that you won’t be ‘covering’ me in your professional capacity, I guess we wouldn’t be violating journalistic ethics (notice I didn’t make a smart remark) if we stayed connected and I received the benefit of your particular perspective," the chief wrote on Jan 6.It would indicate that they were ready to "do the deed", so to speak, but were conscious of how it would look if they did consummate their illicit affair before the article was printed. Even though they might not have had the physical part of the affair yet, to give them the benefit of the doubt, it does show that McBride had already thrown her journalistic ethics out the window. Of course, we already know that she did that a long, long time ago.
McBride also admits that she cannot be an objective reporter:
Elsewhere, McBride admits she can’t be objective about Gov. Jim Doyle, whom she dislikes immensely, and once proposed doing a story on District Attorney John Chisholm for Milwaukee Magazine. But she said the magazine shot down the suggestion because Chisholm is "too boring," an assessment with which she agreed.And why would she want to do a story about someone she found boring? The Reasonable Progressive makes some uncomfortable observations about this part of the article.
Others have also taken their turns at this. Harris Kane has one of the best titles, though, with his "McBride's Hike On The Appalachian Trail."
Illy-T notes that the commenters on Bice's story can be worse than anything us dastardly lefty bloggers could or (usually) would do.
Mike Mathias, who again forgets us here, makes note of the Sykes Connection.
On a final note, I would be remiss if I did not include this:
But the journalist quickly began filling Flynn’s e-mail account with her thoughts and opinions. For instance, on Jan. 1, she expressed frustration with a negative Journal Sentinel editorial despite a drop in city crime. "Sometimes I wish I was writing a column, not a feature story," she wrote.Um, Jessica, you already are writing a column, albeit not a very good one.