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Unionized Newspapers and Conflicts of Interest

Newspapers take conflicts of interest seriously. The American Society of Newspaper Editors’ Statement of Principles holds that:

Journalists must avoid impropriety and the appearance of impropriety as well as any conflict of interest or the appearance of conflict. They should neither accept anything nor pursue any activity that might compromise or seem to compromise their integrity.

That’s why I get confused when I see videos like this:


I’m not making any specific accusations here, but how is it possible that a unionized reporter can write articles about union issues, such as the Employee Free Choice Act, and not present a conflict of interest? It seems like a valid question, no?

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