Before Thursday’s vice-presidential debate, a call for more journalist self-disclosure

Lexington Herald-Leader | Politico

The news media borg has assimilated Centre College in Danville, Ky., in anticipation of Thursday’s vice-presidential debate, Rich Copley reports for the the Lexington (Ky.) Herald-Leader:

A huge portable stage for MSNBC arose behind the statue of President Lincoln — sporting his own, personalized debate credential — and a line of TV broadcast locations was forming along the sidewalk outside of the Norton Center for the Arts, where the debate takes place at 9 p.m. Thursday.

Inside, the college’s gymnasium has been converted into a massive media center complete with “spin alley,” where, immediately after the contest, representatives of each campaign will try to convince reporters their guy won.

The debate will be moderated by ABC News journalist Martha Raddatz. The Daily Caller reported Wednesday that President Obama attended Raddatz’s wedding 21 years ago, a story ABC tried to get out in front of.

People appearing on the television program “Morning Joe” Thursday said this revelation was no small thing — Raddatz divorced the groom, Obama FCC appointee Julius Genachowski, in 1997 — and was due for a public airing: “I think news organizations ought to let reporters, have reporters be transparent about who they voted for, where they grew up,” co-host Mika Brzezinski said. “I don’t understand why reporters hide their sort of, the essence of who they are because it is by which the view, the lens that you see things through.”

Or you could “judge her by her work,” guest Mark Halperin suggests. Read more


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