Journalists dole out cash to politicians (quietly)
News organizations diverge on handling of political activism by staff
By Bill Dedman
Updated: 57 minutes ago
BOSTON - A CNN reporter gave $500 to John Kerry's campaign the same month he was embedded with the U.S. Army in Iraq. An assistant managing editor at Forbes magazine not only sent $2,000 to Republicans, but also volunteers as a director of an ExxonMobil-funded group that questions global warming.
A junior editor at Dow Jones Newswires gave $1,036 to the liberal group MoveOn.org and keeps a blog listing "people I don't like," starting with George Bush, Pat Robertson, the Christian Coalition, the NRA and corporate America ("these are the people who are really in charge").
It's an interesting article, but what I don't get is why anyone thinks the individual reporters/journalists have any control over the skew of their reporting?
It's the editors and corporations that make the final decisions on content, and we all know who the corporations love most.