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  •  Wow... (1+ / 0-)
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    and there I was thinking all food given to reporters was free.

    Well, it is free on junkets to entertainment reporters and they get goodie bags, too.

    •  Entertainment reporters (0+ / 0-)

      aren't supposed to be impartial, so it's OK for them to get goodies and handouts. Political reporters are supposed to be non-partisan as nearly as possible, to report both sides of the story (the dreaded he said-she said for which they are so excoriated here), and the real reporters among them are careful not to do anything that will make them indebted to a campaign.

      The irony of this whole thing is that most likely the reporters wouldn't have been able to eat most of the overpriced food, anyway. While people on the rubber-chicken circuit are chowing down, reporters are hard at work and filing their stories.

      The truth is rarely pure and never simple. -- Oscar Wilde

      by Mnemosyne on Tue Dec 18, 2012 at 08:04:07 PM PST

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      •  Are you really suggesting that (0+ / 0-)

        the news organizations paid for all those sandwiches eaten on the Straight Talk Express?   Maybbeeee, but seriously if the reporters themselves were paying for their food, they might be "impartial," but it all goes on the expense account.

        Having worked at CBS a number of years, I can assure you no name reporter is eating rubber chicken.  They are up in the candidate's hospitality suites scarfing down jumbo shrimp and martinis  at the open bar.

        But I got a chuckle at them being hard at work filing stories.       Maybe that was true back in Damon Runyon times...but these ethical (snort) considerations died a long time again.

        And oh, by the way, you wrong about the ethics of entertainment reporters.   Actual critics aren't supposed to be bribed by film companies....because even though movie companies still advertise in news papers, reviews of films effect the films bottom line.    There was a minor scandal when Michael Medved...when he was a film reviewer, also took money as a consultant from a studio whose films he reviewed.  

        The junket bribes are still considered controversial in serious entertainment journalism, and this fiction that political reporters have any ethical qualms about being entertained by people they cover is laughable.

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