In Our Latest Edition Of ‘Don’t Do What They Did’: A Deal We Wouldn’t Want To Make
It’s clearly stated in the Ethics Handbook that “we don’t allow sources to dictate how a topic will be covered.”
That’s a pretty basic rule.
We’re bringing it up now because of reports about 2009 email exchanges between then-Atlantic contributing editor Marc Ambinder and Philippe Reines, spokesman for then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton:
- “Corrupt journalism doesn’t pay. Nor does abetting it.”(The Washington Post)
According to those reports, Ambinder got a scoop about a Clinton speech by agreeing to Reines’ “conditions.” One: that the address be described as “muscular.” Two: That he report that Clinton’s high-profile deputies would be there to show their support for the secretary.
Ambinder tells Gawker that the transaction “made me uncomfortable then, and it makes me uncomfortable today.”
“Unacceptable” is the word that comes to our mind.
Other “don’t do what they did” posts:
(“Memmos;” Feb. 10, 2016)
February 10, 2016