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    Journalists dole out cash to politicians (quietly)
    News organizations diverge on handling of political activism by staff
    By Bill Dedman
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    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").






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    How do you feel about this? It definately shows a bias that should not be there... whether it is meant to or not.
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    Is this illegal or just a conflict of interest issue?

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    I would say it is definately a conflict of interest.
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    I agree it is I am wondering if there is some type law being broken here. Is it considered a bribe

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    I see no reason why a journalist can't contribute to a campaign as a private citizen. As long as there is a stated or obvious distinction between editorial opinion and hard news reporting, and the latter maintiains a strictly neutral stance, a journalist can have a preference and act upon it. If there is any quid pro quo (eg. inside access), then it's a no no.

    Note: my opinion is a general one and doesn't necessarity apply to the cited case.
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    I think that you are right spider but should there not be some kind of regulation on these types of gifts when we take into consideration the information that could be leaked in turn for a contribution. Because lets face it its not the money that is making a difference to the candidate it is the ability to slander thier opponents.

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    I couldn't slog through the whole thing but I don't see what the fuss is about. The fact that journalist x gave money to the campaign of y, doesn't, of itself, show bias in reporting (as the article seems to suggest). How about if we also take a look at the political contributions of editors and managers, and media owners, hmmm? Or how about the political contributions of the advertisers who may be the largest source of income for the media oligopoly (the small number of media corps who control most of the mainstream media in this country). Do you supposed advertisers have no influence on the media they give money to?

    This is an offshoot of the tired argument that "the media" (meaning who specifically?) is "liberal" based on purported evidence that more journalists are Democrats. "The media" is the only body I've ever heard of where the working professionals supposedly get to operate independently from the wants and needs of their bosses. In other words, bull. They don't.
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    I guess it gives an appearance of impropriety and I can see why media corps would want to discourage this. But if I were a journalist, why should my political voice (via contribution) be curtailed when everyone else gets to make a statement? Ugly's charge that someone might be buying news is serious, but I don't think that's the issue here.

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