Posts Tagged ‘conflict of interest’

Failure to disclose: Journalism, ethics and Breitbart ‘news’

February 25, 2014

By Matthew E. Milliken
MEMwrites.wordpress.com
Feb. 25, 2014

Last week, I wrote about the Texas Tribune, which was the subject of a lengthy critique documenting serious issues with journalism ethics, notably rampant conflicts of interest and lax disclosures of same.

As noted in that blog post, I first became interested in the Tribune after seeing a pair of tweets Wednesday by Michael Quinn Sullivan, a conservative Texas political activist. Sullivan, it would turn out, posted another message on Twitter later the same day that also caught my eye.

#TxLege #GOP Rep. Threatens To Sue For Discussing His Voting Record: http://t.co/GOny8aj8w8 via @BreitbartNews

— Michael Q Sullivan (@MQSullivan) February 20, 2014

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How much is money mixing — and interfering — with news at the Texas Tribune? A political activist voices grave concerns

February 22, 2014

By Matthew E. Milliken
MEMwrites.wordpress.com
Feb. 22, 2014

On Wednesday, a tweet by a conservative Texas political activist caught my eye.

“In which Huffington Post attacks @TexasTribune for assorted bad behavior,” Michael Quinn Sullivan wrote. “For whom do I cheer? #GetPopcorn[.]” Shortly afterward, Sullivan tweeted, “Is this best described as ‘pay-to-play’ journalism? It seems to waddle and quack, so…”

Both messages linked to this article by Jim Moore, a former Texas television reporter who now runs a liberal-leaning political action committee called Progress Texas. He’s also the co-author, with Wayne Slater, of Bush’s Brain. The 2004 book profiles Karl Rove, the political consultant who helped make George W. Bush the nation’s 43rd president.

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