ABOUT THOSE DONATIONS
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.