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  •  Why are they going to reveal payola.... (9+ / 0-)

    when CNN is already allowing Newt to invite on guests he has given money to through his PAC?

    Yesterday we reported that Crossfire host Newt Gingrich may have broken ethical rules for conflicts of interest set forth by CNN's EVP of standards and practices Rick Davis.

    Today, those rules appear to have changed. In a statement to Media Matters, Davis clarifies the network's new ethics policy for disclosing potential conflicts of interest:

    We are clarifying the policy and making it clear Newt Gingrich is not in violation.  The policy:  If a Crossfire co-host has made a financial contribution to a politician who appears on the program or is the focus of the program, disclosure is not required during the show since the co-host's political support is obvious by his or her point of view expressed on the program."

    Is what Newt is doing payola?  We report...You decide.

    Essentially what CNN seems to be saying is:

    It should be pretty obvious that whenever a guest comes on and appears to be spouting talking points, the chances are pretty darned good that they are being paid to do so.  We're not going to tell you that however.
    This happens all the time with Op-Ed pieces in local newspapers.  The papers may go so far as to tell you the writer is "a fellow at the American Enterprise Institute," but just can't seem to further inform their readers that the following Op-Ed denying carbon fuels role in global warming is written by someone whose paycheck is largely paid by Exxon.  Knowing that just might affect how readers look at that Op-Ed, but as Chuck Todd says, "It ain't the job of journalists to point out that somebody is lying."

    No wonder Sy Hersch gets apoplectic.

    Free markets would be a great idea, if markets were actually free.

    by dweb8231 on Sat Sep 28, 2013 at 08:45:55 AM PDT

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    •  is payola radio-specific? if it's music-specific (0+ / 0-)

      also then it wouldn't apply to talk radio but if not maybe it still would apply to radio talkers.

      i thought it was about paying a DJ to play specific music.

      This is a list of 76 universities for Rush Limbaugh that endorse global warming denial, racism, sexism, and GOP lies by broadcasting sports on over 170 Limbaugh radio stations.

      by certainot on Sun Sep 29, 2013 at 02:51:47 PM PDT

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