Skip to comments.WaPo’s Ezra Should Have De-Kleined (Ezra Klein briefed Senate Dems on spinning Supercommittee)
Posted on 11/26/2011 9:56:07 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet
From JournoList to activist, it appears that WaPos liberal blogger Ezra Klein is once again blurring the lines between being a journalist and trying to sway politics. In what appears to be at a minimum a breach of journalism ethics, Klein spoke to a group of Senate Democratic Chiefs of Staff last Friday about the Supercommittee, just days before the Committee announced its failing. It was kind of weird, said a longtime Senate Democratic aide, explaining that while people enjoyed it and gave it positive reviews this sort of thing is far from typical.
A longtime Washington editor who deals with Capitol Hill regularly also said this is not the norm: I have never heard of a reporter briefing staffers. Its supposed to be the other way around. This arrangement seems highly unusual.
Kleins speech to high-level Democratic aides was in the Capitol, closed door and off the record. It lasted 30 minutes. I think they thought it was very helpful, said the aide. I think its unusual. Whats more common is to get someone like Paul Begala or a White House staffer. To get a journalist to talk is a little unusual.
But then again, Klein is unusual. In the summer of 2010, his exclusive partisan JournoList, a secretive listserv of some 400 members, collapsed as contents of the exchanges began leaking out. Journalists took hits for their participation, such as then WaPos Dave Weigel, who quickly apologized on the newspapers blog for some of what he wrote. He was fired over the matter and is now at Slate. The Daily Caller reported extensively on the offending material. The end result: Klein shut the list down.
Briefings for journalists covering Capitol Hill are usually the reverse of what transpired here. Lawmakers brief reporters. Aides brief reporters. Think tanks brief reporters. Think tanks brief aides. But reporters briefing aides? This is unheard of.
Important questions to have answered: Was Klein strategizing with Democrats on messaging of the Supercommittees failure? What exactly was the purpose of the reporters speech?
We wrote Klein for comment. While he may refuse to read FishbowlDC, preferring instead to stick to the confines of CJR, his readers need to demand answers from him if they are going to trust the integrity and validity of his journalism. We also wrote WaPo Publicist Kris Coratti to find out what the rules are on these sort of talks and if WaPo was even aware that Klein was giving the speech. She said shed look into it. That was three hours ago. If we get a statement well bring it to you.
See the email FBDC sent to Ezra after the jump
Hope youre headed into a great Thanksgiving holiday and hope you get the wishbone. Wanted to ask you about a briefing you gave to Senate Democratic Chiefs of Staff last Friday. Why were you briefing them? Isnt a reporter supposed to be briefed by lawmakers and aides, not the other way around? Do you see this as a breach of ethics? If not, how do you see it?
Journalistic ethics? Klein is in it for the power. Who’s going to stop him?
It’s OK, since he’s a DEMOCRAT.
Democrats aren’t expected to have any ethics now, and aren’t held to the same standards as Republicans.
Libtards control the media. Case closed.
Lobbyists basically write legislation; staffers are merely organizers, intermediating between:
a) their boss
b) political... let’s call them “thought leaders”, i.e., political heavyweights in society
The legislative office: it’s where political power, theory and influence meet.
I thought that the Congress was made up of a larger number of Republicans. If the whole congress were to work together, then majority would rule.
Obama knew what he was doing when he took it out of the hands of the whole congress and they allowed him to do it!
Am I the only one to see this?
Check this sh*t out.
If truth be told, the BOHICA Party controls Versailles on the Potomac. This PUBs vs. RATs is all a sideshow to entertain and placate the masses. Once the masses wake up and realize they don’t elect PUBs and RATs, it’s all over.
Only the BOHICA Party is permitted. And we get it in the end.
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Ezra has gone “total nazi” though ~ guy has to have dreams about wearing a gray uniform with gold and black trim, wearing a pistol and whipping nekkid sex slaves.......................Must have got into his daddy’s collection of “TRUE ~ The Man’s Magazine” ~ SEE: http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&biw=1329&bih=678&q=true+the+man’s+magazine&gs_sm=e&gs_upl=2621l6764l0l6996l23l15l0l8l8l0l222l2434l0.11.4l23l0&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.r_cp.,cf.osb&um=1&ie=UTF-8&tbm=isch&source=og&sa=N&tab=wi
Separating the Journolist from his cushy job would be positively Schadenfreudic...
I'dike to think that Boehner knew it wouldn't go anywhere and even without the committee, the Senate wouldn't let anything useful pass. The choices were to see if the committee would ry to work together, with total failure as a fallback, or go the normal route and have the whole Cingress embroiled in the argument.
Still a bad idea, but what the hey - no possible solution either route.
What line between being a journalist and attempting to sway politics? That went away long, long ago. We`re in the era of Euro-style “advocacy journalism.” Unbiased news gave way to outright propaganda.
is there ANYONE "better than Ezra????
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