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  •  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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