New York Times reinforces policy prohibiting reporters from appearing on cable shows like Maddow
The New York Times has begun re-enforcing a standing policy that forbids reporters and editors from appearing on cable news opinion programs deemed too partisan, a list that includes MSNBC’s “Rachel Maddow Show,” according to a Vanity Fair report.
The story includes an anecdote about the Times’s finance editor David Enrich being invited to appear on Maddow’s prime-time program earlier this month to discuss a report regarding President Trump, Jared Kushner and allegedly suspect transactions involving Deutsche Bank before Trump took office.
Other programs deemed too opinionated and partisan for the Times’s reporters and editors to appear on included “CNN Tonight” with Don Lemon and MSNBC’s “The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell.”
An MSNBC spokesperson told Vanity Fair that Maddow’s “commitment to journalism is part of the DNA of the show.”
“For over a decade, The Rachel Maddow Show has welcomed the best journalists from across the country and celebrated the hard work they do, day-in and day-out. This includes countless New York Times reporters and editors. That commitment to journalism is part of the DNA of the show.”
Staff members “may participate in radio, television or Internet interviews or discussions, paid or unpaid, that deal with articles they have written or subjects that figure in the coverage they provide, edit, package or supervise,” the public document reads.
The report comes as journalism in the U.S. “has gradually shifted away from objective news and offers more opinion-based content that appeals to emotion and relies heavily on argumentation and advocacy,” according to an extensive Rand Corp. analysis released last week.
“Our research provides quantitative evidence for what we all can see in the media landscape: Journalism in the U.S. has become more subjective and consists less of the detailed event- or context-based reporting that used to characterize news coverage,” said Jennifer Kavanagh, the lead author of the report.
The Hill has reached out to The New York Times for comment.
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