Wow, was not aware of the Mark Harmon history. In my opinion, that is the only example of non-recusal that rises (or sinks, I should say) to the level of Belbin/White. So during his radio broadcasts, Tom Harmon would give no disclaimer that Mark is his son? That's terrible.
Originally Posted by Olympia
(During Belbin's first several appearances as Universal Sports commentator in 2010, she did not disclose her relationship with White. I was listening for such an acknowledgment, and the silence was deafening. The good news is that she eventually started making very brief mention once per broadcast. I have not had heard any of her 2012 commentary -- no longer have access to Universal Sports.)
Yes, Chris Cuomo is an anchor and correspondent for ABC News, and it is a no-brainer for ABC that he must recuse himself from any news coverage of Gov. Cuomo.
Maria Shriver of NBC News gave up her well-established journalism career when her husband ran for governor. [Her professional sacrifice made his infidelity all the more egregious. ]
And Claire Shipman of ABC News gave up her specialty -- coverage of American politics -- when her husband Jay Carney became press secretary for VP Biden and eventually for President Obama. (Carney was a journalist for Time magazine when they got married.)
Well before the Obama/Biden administration, Shipman had been White House correspondent for NBC (and CNN prior to that, I believe). Her political expertise is considerable.
She was one of ABC's highest-profile correspondents before her husband joined the administration. Now her reports appear much less often, and her bread and butter of politics is off limits.
I'm disturbed that I'm in the minority in this friendly debate, but will try to leave it there ...
I'm amused that others quaintly describe Belbin and White as "dating". They have been living together for a couple of years now, so "dating" is an understatement. I have read elsewhere that they bought a house together -- if true, that implies to me a longer-term commitment to each other than if they were merely renting a love-nest. In any case, their conflict of interest is a lot deeper than if they simply went to prom together last week, LOL.
Another way of looking at this issue:
Would Danny Moir be a reasonable choice for ice dance commentator for CBC's coverage of GP and other competitions? He competed internationally as an ice dancer. Although I admire the Moir family (as I do Belbin and White), I think it would be wrong for Danny to give commentary on D/W, Pechalat/Bourzat, Weaver/Poje, etc. But I guess that many on this thread would find his blood tie to Scott irrelevant.
If Danny is not available, the CBC could turn to Sheri Moir (Danny's cousin and former ice dance partner) or to Carol Moir (who coaches ice dance) ...