Ethics experts excoriate Fred Barnes
by Smokin' Joe Conason
Fred Barnes has yet to explain his
acceptance of tens of thousands of dollars in speaking fees from
Republican Party organizations over the last several years. Neither he
nor a Fox spokeswoman has
responded to my inquiries. But the reaction to the Barnes revelations
from experts on journalism ethics
was immediate and scathing, according to Joe Strupp, a veteran reporter
who blogs at Media Matters.
Bob Steele, who teaches ethics at the Poynter Institute, an
independent and wholly nonpartisan
journalism school in St. Petersburg, Fla.,, told Strupp:
'Fred Barnes is unwise in his criticism of other journalists given his
own actions. It is disingenuous for him
to chastise journalists he characterizes as members of a liberal team,
thereby questioning their professional
integrity, when he, himself, has been paid for speaking to partisan
political groups, Barnes is, in essence,
wearing the jersey of those Republican teams. That alone raises
questions about his journalistic independence.
It certainly undermines his credibility as a critic of other
Fred Barnes, crooked and 117 points dumber than a chimp.
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