Click on the above and scroll down to “Don’t Eat Where You Shit.” This may sound pretty familar to those of you who read my posting “An Open Letter To The Washington Press Corps.” Needless to say, I agree 100% with what the dailykos.com blogger said here. He even made the same reference to “eating rubber chicken” that I did. No, I’m not accusing him of plagiarism. I think it’s more a case of great minds thinking alike, or something like that.
If I was the publisher of the Washington Post and I had a reporter who wanted to attend one of these inside-the-Beltway circle jerks, I’d tell him, “That’s fine. I’ll accept your resignation now. Thanks for all your hard work.” Sorry, but I just do NOT believe that you can report objectively on people you socialize with. As publisher, I would send one reporter to the function with the understanding that he/she was on the clock, there to report on what happens at the dinner. None of this “off the record” nonsense about a function involving a room full of politicians and reporters. What kind of bullshit is THAT?
You want to hobnob with the rich and powerful. No problem, just don’t take a paycheck from a newpaper or TV network and pretend that you’re an “objective journalist” at the same time. Go write that novel that no one wants to read.