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  •  So, if you read the NYT policy (2+ / 0-)
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    dadoodaman, YucatanMan

    I think you would agree that she violates it, right?
    This is a simple yes or no question.  

    I'm from the Elizabeth Warren wing of the Democratic Party

    by voicemail on Thu May 09, 2013 at 12:46:17 PM PDT

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    •  I have no idea. But say she is violating it. (1+ / 0-)
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      Argyrios

      Does she work for them? I don't think so. I think she works for CBS.

      •  The concern, for at least some of us in this (8+ / 0-)

        diary, is not simply whether CBS will permit her to be on Peterson's board of directors.  The concern is whether it's ethically permissable and appropriate for a national-level journalist to be on the board of a group with a partisan policy agenda, thereby announcing she is committed to certain policy positions, and then to cover those policy issues while  pretending to be just giving the facts.

        If we think that CBS's standards for what they will permit are inappropriately loose and allow too much partisanship in news coverage, then we certainly should object and yell at them.  That at least put them on notice that their grotesquely slanted news coverage of things like the budget debate is starting to annoy us.  It won't accomplish any more that that, but hey, we might as well.

        THe NYT standards still cling, at least formally, to an earlier and stricter sense of the journalist's commitment to observe and report more than advocate.

        Peterson advocates for the 1% and in favor of continuing to concentrate wealth at the top.  His group is not a "charity" as that has been traditionally understood.  

        To my mind, the English language takes precedence over continually re-written IRS regulations.

        "Fix the Debt" doesn't exist to exercise philanthropy, to give out money in generous ways that help the poor, or support the arts and sciences, or underwrite health research, or fund libraries and scholarships, etc.  It exists to help the 1% acheive their political goals.  THAT is a fact.

        IRS regulations have broadened their donor-friendly definition of "charity" to an Orwellian degree. Left-leaning groups sometimes find that useful, as well as rightist ones.  But we don't need to play mind games by pretending that Leslie Stahl is out doing charity work.  She's supporting a political agenda, an austerity agenda that will hurt our economy and punish the most vulnerable. She can get away with that, since she works for CBS, but there's no reason we should pretend she's still acting like a journalist.

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        by Fiona West on Thu May 09, 2013 at 04:57:39 PM PDT

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      •  Let's make it simple and end it (2+ / 0-)
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        YucatanMan, tommymet

        You started this above by saying that directors of foundations don't get compensation. You changed that later to indicate that members of advisory boards of foundations don't get paid.

        You responded to a question about whether or not her position violates the posted NYTimes policies for their journalists by saying she doesn't work for the NYTimes and you have no idea if she violates THEIR policy. I'll assume from your dismissive attitude all around that you didn't read it.  I did. If she worked for them, she might well be in violation.  

        You responded that CBS has a policy, which we haven't seen and you probably haven't either, and that's the only one that's relevant.  

        I'd say she's in violation of the Times' policy and that's precisely irrelevant to her, but not to me.

        I'm from the Elizabeth Warren wing of the Democratic Party

        by voicemail on Thu May 09, 2013 at 05:48:37 PM PDT

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