I guess there’s no reason not to nominate him for it, but it’s still sort of weird:
The former CBS News producer jailed for trying to blackmail David Letterman is up for an Emmy award.
Robert “Joe” Halderman was nominated Thursday for a News and Documentary Emmy award for his participation in an April 2009 “48 Hours” story about an American exchange student charged with murder in Italy. He was one of four producers cited for the story.
Halderman began a six-month jail sentence in May for trying to extort money from Letterman in exchange for not revealing the late-night host’s office affairs.
Via Ed Driscoll, who is not precisely filled with the milk of human kindness when it comes to the journalism industry. Not that I’m saying that he’s wrong, given that a lot of journalists pretty much hate New Media for a variety of reasons, and the ones who do hate us are rarely shy about making that hatred known.
PS: Oddly, this is one of those businesses where getting an industry award nomination is sometimes a response to having been thrown in jail, rather than being largely irrelevant to it.