Sunday, August 25th, 2019

How far will John Nichols go?


When a journalist crosses over to activism, where does he turn in his press card? John Nichols of the Cap Times and The Nation appears to cross just about every line in soliciting funds on Twitter for Lori Compass, the Democrat running against State Senator Scott Fitzgerald. (see below for updates)

On the other hand, Nichols’ scheme for public funding of the media would make him a government employee, too, so we’ll guess that any pretense of independence was lost with the conflict of interest.

Update! John Nichols responded:

Update 2: Nichols also added in a note, “Was trying to comment on high cost of that market. But it’s wise to avoid even seeming to make $ appeals.”

Sometimes 140 characters isn’t subtle enough. – JW

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