Now I have to go see Pearl Jam in Asheville, N.C. on Oct. 6
From a e-mail sent by the boss today …
But speaking of ethics, here’s one situation worth noting now. Political contributions, activism, etc. are not advisable for newsroom staffers, whether donating to a campaign or sporting a candidate’s bumper sticker on your car.
“Vote for Change” is a group of big-name musicians touring, but the concerts also urge people to vote for John Kerry. Concerts will be this fall in key swing states, including one concert planned for Asheville, N.C. Buying a ticket to this concert actually is a political donation to the group promoting the concert tour, and thus, newsroom staffers should neither buy tickets to this or attend the concert, even if someone else has bought the ticket. Please see me if you want to discuss this further.
From a company-wide e-mail …
Editors say it may not be a popular decision, but the overt politics of the “Vote for Change” concerts are in clear conflict with newsroom ethics policies barring political activity and contributions. Staff members, editors say, should not attend the concerts.
SKIP PEREZ, executive editor at The Ledger in Lakeland, addressed the issue in a memo to his staff last Wednesday.
“My belief is that attending any of these concerts runs the risk of tarnishing the newsroom’s reputation because these events have a clear political aim,” Perez wrote.
With headliners that include Bruce Springsteen, Dave Matthews, Pearl Jam and R.E.M., “Vote for Change” is promoting the campaign of Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry by staging concerts in key states - including Florida and North Carolina - where the presidential election will likely be decided.
Ticket costs are considered political donations, with purchasers required to provide their address, occupation and employer. Money generated from the concerts will go to America Coming Together, which promises on its Web site to “derail the right-wing Republican agenda by defeating George W. Bush and electing Democrats up and down the ticket.”
This is a New York Times policy. Who says the media is liberal