Actually, cub columnist – not to get technical about it.
U. S. Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren (D-Boston Herald) has been writing a daily column about the Republican National Convention all this week for the feisty local tabloid.
That’s right: The Herald – the very paper that’s been tuning Warren up on a daily basis in its news pages.
But it’s all okay with Warren, who’s used the Herald column not to analyze the GOP convention, but to whack around Senate opponent Scott Brown (R-Presumably On-Deck for the Democratic National Convention).
The Herald has long been loosey-goosey about opinion-mongers plugging themselves into its newshole (see Doug Rubin’s Herald columns for further details).
But Warren (and presumably Brown – the Herald declined to return the harddailing staff’s phone calls) should be embarrassed to be used this way.
As long as it is clearly labeled and they offer Brown the same sort of arrangement, I see nothing wrong with this.
I remember year ago that the NY Times published the full text of political speeches. Isn’t this very similar?
I think it’s different from a paper reporting on a speech. This is just campaign agitprop dressed as editorial content.
As long as it’s labeled so people don’t mistake the author, say Liz Warren for Sara Palin, I see nothing wrong.
There is a place for just about anything in a newspaper. Bias has long been the motive for the industry, and isn’t the competition of words good for the discussion and debate?
“But journalists shouldn’t do that”, I hear you say. Journalism has yet to professionalize itself, so to what standards are journalists to adhere?
Within the bounds of legality and decency, the only requirement I see is knowing the line between where their intellect leaves off and the politics begins.
Globe? Herald? Fox News? MSNBC? CNN? ABC? CBS? Who cares?
Let the good ideas drive out the bad.
Okay, Mudge – it’s a use me, use you world. I was just hoping for something better.
Didn’t I give an incoherent lecture on this subject?
In all likelihood.
Maybe the Herald is giving Warren the forum to offset their reputation as the campaign brochure for Brown.