They Also Give Who Only Stand and Wait


The Washington Post's Howard Kurtz has an interesting piece about the donations to political campaigns made by journalists, sometimes in defiance of companies' policies on the matter.

Such donations raise difficult questions: Do employees of news organizations give up certain civic rights? Or, in an age when polls show growing public perceptions of media bias, should the appearance of siding with a candidate or party be avoided at all costs?

"A good rule of thumb," said Tom Rosenstiel, director of the Project for Excellence in Journalism, "is, if this were known publicly, would it cause the audience to have doubt about the credibility of this person's coverage?" That, he said, is often "a judgment call."

Whole thing here.