Okay. According to the third statement in the Principles of Journalism, “journalism’s essence is a discipline of verification”. So spreading rumors like this one is completely idiotic.
Points seven and eight on the ethics site state that journalism, “must strive to make the significant interesting and relevant”, and “must keep the news comprehensive and proportional”. This Clinton-Obama snit is not significant, and by spreading the rumor, Novak and others have blown this issue out of proportion.
If nothing else, Novak apparently is pleased to comply with the final statement from the Principles of Journalism:
“Practitioners must be allowed to exercise their personal conscience”
… assuming they have any.
This all reminds me of playground taunting. I know a secret and you don’t!