In an interview with Chris Wallace on “Fox News Sunday,” Kellyanne Conway suggested that political pundits should be fired and newspapers should be gutted for dishonest coverage of the commander-in-chief and for political donations to Hillary Clinton.
“Not one network person has been let go,” she argued. “Not one silly political analyst and pundit who talked smack all day long about Donald Trump has been let go. They are panels every Sunday, they are on cable news every day.”
“There’s no question that when you look at the contributions made by the media, money contributions, they went to Hillary Clinton,”
Many news outlets have ethics policies barring reporters from engaging in political campaigns and donations, but one study found people identifying themselves as journalists gave nearly $400,000 to the 2016 presidential campaigns with most — 96 percent — going to Clinton.
Conway also told Wallace she was “too polite to call them out by name” but that they “know who they are.”
“Biased coverage might be easy to detect, but incomplete coverage, impossible to detect,” she also said. “That is my major grievance. The media are not giving us complete coverage.”
Conway said if newspapers were run like corporations a fifth of reporters would be canned.
The Society of Professional Journalists Ethics Committee states that reporters are not columnists or editorial writers. SPJ’s recommendation is that reporters not take a position on an issue, or in a candidate race, that they are covering. They may do so privately, but they definitely should not do so in a public or visible way.
Ironically, journalism is a profession protected by the same First Amendment that grants to all citizens the right to run for office or to support, by word, deed or cash, the people they would like to see elected. But journalists who want to be perceived as impartial must avoid any display of partisanship.