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Sixty mem­bers of Congress hold as­sets in 19 ma­jor news or me­dia or­ga­ni­za­tions “that are sup­posed to be their watch­dogs,” says a new in­ves­ti­ga­tion by the Cen­ter for Re­spon­sive Pol­i­tics. Some lawmakers have in­vest­ments worth a min­i­mum of $100,000, with Sen. John F. Kerry be­ing the king­pin. The Mas­sachusetts Demo­crat has hold­ings in mul­ti­ple com­pa­nies, in­clud­ing a sig­nif­i­cant in­vest­ment in News Corp., which owns Fox News.

But wait. Rep. An­thony D. Weiner owns as­sets in the New York Times, which has re­ported daily on the New York Demo­crat’s end­less tweet­ing scan­dal. Though the pa­per has not shown its sup­port for Mr. Weiner, his in­ter­est in me­dia in­vest­ments “should be ques­tioned,” says Kevin Smith, chair­man of the ethics com­mit­tee for the So­ci­ety of Pro­fes­sional Jour­nal­ists.

“If con­gress­men are in­vest­ing in the New York Times, does that fil­ter into the news­room? What hap­pens is that it does raise red flags,” Mr. Smith adds. start now. We’re run­ning a dif­fer­ent kind of cam­paign. We don’t take money from Wash­ing­ton lob­by­ists or spe­cial-in­ter­est PACs — we never have, and we never will. If you make a do­na­tion to­day, you’ll be au­to­mat­i­cally en­tered for a chance to be one of the four sup­port­ers to sit down with me for din­ner. Please do­nate $5 or more to­day. We’ll pay for your flight and the din­ner —all you need to bring is your story and your ideas about how we can con­tinue to make this a bet­ter coun­try for all Amer­i­cans.”

— New fundrais­ing mes­sage from Pres­i­dent Obama, paid for by Obama for Amer­ica.

a duke, per­haps. In­deed, Rep. An­thony D. Weiner dom­i­nated re­cent news cov­er­age, even knock­ing the econ­omy off press radar. The New York Demo­crat’s du­bi­ous saga ac­counted for 17 per­cent of cov­er­age mea­sured by the Pew Re­search Cen­ter’s Pro­ject for Ex­cel­lence in Jour­nal­ism, with the econ­omy snag­ging 11 per­cent. But wait. That only makes Wein­er­gate “the fourth-most cov­ered scan­dal in­volv­ing elected of­fi­cials,” the num­bers re­veal.

“The big­gest po­lit­i­cal scan­dal of the last 41/2 years was for­mer Illi­nois Gov. Rod R. Blago­je­vich’s corruption case (28 per­cent of cov­er­age), also known as ‘Bl­a­gogate,’ in which he al­legedly tried to sell Pres­i­dent Obama’s for­mer Se­nate seat,” says Pew an­a­lyst Mark Jurkowitz.

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