Sunday, July 22, 2007

Something you won't see in Canada

The public editor of the Washinton Post explains her paper's policy on conflict of interest and political-journalistic incest. You won't see its columnists shilling for funeral directors, Waste Management Inc. or Ticketmaster. The heavyweights of the US newspaper world have made it clear their journalists will serve but one master. The Washington Post, at least, keeps close watch on potential secret conflicts from personal relationships. This is a touchy issue in Canadian journalism, especially in Ottawa, although most top-tier journalists have enough class to try to do some self-policing.

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