Who know the story about reporters and media personalities donating to political candidates and causes had legs?
If memory serves, this story started almost two weeks ago with an excellent write-up by Joe Strupp for Editor and Publisher about a recent donation from a NY Times Sunday magazine fashion editor donating to Sen. Kerry, and continues today with an item in the NY Post.
And to top it off, none other than Fox News' Roger Ailes is paying attention to it all and sees it as a scandal.
Maybe Fox News will report on the concerns of Ailes.
July 23, 2004
New York Post
THE New Yorker is clearly for John Kerry. Senior editor Hendrik Hertzberg, who frequently bashes President Bush for the magazine, gave $900 to Kerry's campaign. The magazine prohibits political reporters from contributing to campaigns they cover. But it's not a conflict of interest, a New Yorker rep insists, because Hertzberg is "an opinion writer," not a reporter. "Rick ran it by [editor] David [Remnick] and he was fine with it." Blogger Michael Petrelis uncovered some other New Yorker writers who gave Kerry cash, including Tad Friend ($500), John Lahr ($500), Roger Angell ($500) and David Denby ($1,250). But they're in the clear because they don't write about politics.
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Subj: for background
Date: 7/23/2004 9:52:32 AM Central Daylight Time
CC: Perri_Dorset@newyorker.com, Hendrik_Hertzberg@newyorker.com
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Dear Mr. Petrelis,
Perri Dorset's comments to you earlier on this subject were completely accurate. Rick Hertzberg is not a reporter, but rather in the opinion business and readers would not mistake him for a Republican or conservative any more than they would mistake a leopard for a gazelle. He is fooling no one and not trying to. On the other hand, no one reporting about the campaign should be sending money to it. That's the distinction I make here, though some may disagree.
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Fox News' Roger Ailes' blog
Nobody Reads Roger
Let this be a warning to you. If you don't read Roger, you might find your blog writing checks your ass can't cash at the Check'N'Go. Sully Joe [www.andrewsullivan.com] picks up on the growing scandal of how the big bad media hates Georgie:
JOURNALISTS FOR KERRY: Michael Petrelis has done some digging and found which hacks have given to which candidates. Big surprise: "President George Bush didn't receive a single donation from any outlet or reporter in my search." The New Yorker is, in particular, up to its eyeballs in reporter contributions to lefties and Dems.
Well, yes, it is a big surprise.
Sullivan seems particularly distressed by the revelation that the New Yorker is "up to its eyeballs in reporter contributions to lefties and Dems," by which he means that editor/contributors Hendrik Hertzberg and Roger Angell, film critic David Denby and an attorney for the magazine gave money to John Kerry. I hear the talking dogs in the cartoons are members of PETA, too.
Update: Petrelis Files has posted a correction. Will the hairless hack twins follow suit?
posted by Roger | Comments (6) | 8:58 AM
Kaus Bias B.S.
Midget Mickey Kaus posts an expose of those nasty lib'rul journalists throwing money at the Democrats.
Kaus says: "the Petrelis Files has an interesting list of journalists who've contributed to political candidates. ..."
Toward the end, Kaus sprouts mini-wood as he claims: "Rupert Murdoch maxed out ... for Kerry. That must be how he got that big Gephardt scoop!... " And he quotes Petrelis as saying: "President George Bush didn't receive a single donation from any outlet or reporter in my search."
Scandalous! Damn that liberal media!
At the Petrelis Files, the author describes the "search results of my informal survey" with respect to Murdoch as follows:
MURDOCH, RUPERT12/17/2001 $1,000.00NEW YORK, NY 10036NEWS CORPORATION -[Contribution]KERRY COMMITTEE
MURDOCH, RUPERT3/29/2001 $1,000.00NEW YORK, NY 10036NEWS CORPORATION -[Contribution]KERRY COMMITTEE
MURDOCH, K RUPERT12/1/1999 $1,000.00BEVERLY HILLS, CA 90210NEWS CORP./FOX INC -[Contribution]KENNEDY FOR SENATE 2000
But if you search "Murdoch" at the site Petrelis uses, the following results also turn up:
MURDOCH, K. R MR.12/30/2003 $5,000.00New York, NY 10036News Corporation/Chairman & C.e.o. -[Contribution]NATIONAL REPUBLICAN CONGRESSIONAL COMMITTEE
Murdoch, K. Rupert12/4/2003 $5,000.00New York, NY 10036News Corporation/Chairman & CEO -[Contribution]NEWS AMERICA HOLDINGS INC-FOX POL ACTION COMMITTEE (AKA NEWS AMERICA-FOX POL ACTION CMTE
MURDOCH, K.R.5/29/2003 $2,000.00WASHINGTON, DC 20001NEWS CORPORATION/EXECUTIVE -[Contribution]BILL THOMAS CAMPAIGN COMMITTEE
Murdoch, Keith Rupert Mr.6/27/2003 $2,000.00New York, NY 10036News Corporation/Chairman & C.E.O. -[Contribution]BUSH-CHENEY '04 INC
Murdoch, Lachlan Mr.6/27/2003 $2,000.00New York, NY 10036News Corporation/Executive -[Contribution]BUSH-CHENEY '04 INC
MURDOCH, RUPERT2/25/2004 $2,000.00LOS ANGELES, CA 90035NEWS CORP -[Contribution]JACK RYAN FOR US SENATE
MURDOCH, RUPERT2/24/2004 $2,000.00LOS ANGELES, CA 90035NEWS CORPORATION -[Contribution]BILL JONES FOR U S SENATE
MURDOCH, RUPERT12/15/2003 $2,000.00NEW YORK, NY 10036NEWS AMERICA -[Contribution]CITIZENS FOR ARLEN SPECTER
MURDOCH, RUPERT3/18/2003 $2,000.00NEW YORK, NY 10036NEWS CORP -[Contribution]MCCAIN FOR SENATE '04
Murdoch, Rupert Mr.4/21/2004 $25,000.00New York, NY 10036Fox Entertainment Group Inc./Chairm -[Contribution]REPUBLICAN NATIONAL COMMITTEE
MURDOCH, WENDI2/25/2004 $2,000.00LOS ANGELES, CA 90035HOMEMAKER -[Contribution]JACK RYAN FOR US SENATE
MURDOCH, WENDI2/24/2004 $2,000.00LOS ANGELES, CA 90035HOMEMAKER -[Contribution]BILL JONES FOR U S SENATE
MURDOCH, WENDI5/29/2003 $2,000.00WASHINGTON, DC 20001NEWS CORPORATION/EXECUTIVE -[Contribution]BILL THOMAS CAMPAIGN COMMITTEE
Murdoch, Wendi Mrs.6/27/2003 $2,000.00New York, NY 10036Homemaker -[Contribution]BUSH-CHENEY '04 INC
Oh, I'm so confused. What can it mean?
Seems ol' K-Rupe isn't quite the flaming liberal Kaus thinks he is.
And if you search 2000, you'll see Rupe spending his Presidential dollars on McCain and Whorin' Hatch, and more dollars on Lazio, Robb, Santorum, Snowe and the RNC (as well as Kennedy and Bill Bradley).
Not quite the big bedwetting scoop that Kaus hoped for.
posted by Roger | Comments (6) | 9:30 PM