ABOUT THOSE DONA­TIONS

The Washington Times Weekly - - Politics -

In a sig­nif­i­cant re­cent re­port, the Cen­ter for Public In­tegrity parsed jour­nal­ist’s dona­tions to the cam­paigns of Hil­lary Clin­ton or Don­ald Trump. This year, it amounted to al­most $400,000. The or­ga­ni­za­tion found that 96 per­cent went to Mrs. Clin­ton. Other news or­ga­ni­za­tions have found sim­i­lar pat­terns, how­ever. MSNBC, for ex­am­ple, found that out of 143 jour­nal­ists who made political con­tri­bu­tions in the 2004 and 2008 pres­i­den­tial elec­tions, 125 gave to Democrats, 16 to Repub­li­cans.

This may not sit well with the So­ci­ety of Pro­fes­sional Jour­nal­ists, which has taken a stand on whether jour­nal­ists should en­gage in political ac­tiv­ity.

“The sim­plest an­swer is ‘No.’ Don’t do it. Don’t get in­volved. Don’t con­trib­ute money, don’t work in a cam­paign, don’t lobby, and es­pe­cially, don’t run for of­fice your­self,” the group notes in an of­fi­cial ethics state­ment.

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