David Broder: 'Serial liar' | Arkansas Blog

Saturday, June 21, 2008

David Broder: 'Serial liar'

Posted By on Sat, Jun 21, 2008 at 5:26 PM

This is inside Washington baseball, but it gives you insight to some of the people who set the tone in Washington media and thus drive media nationwide.

The "dean," David Broder, has been caught with his pants down -- reaping tens of thousands for speeches to lobbying groups, despite Washington Post rules against such, and not telling the truth about it either when called to account. Note, particularly, that Broder -- and Bob Woodward, similarly skewered -- refused to take questions from a reporter about this matter, though they make their living asking questions of others.

I don't think journalists (reporters, editors, TV announcers or whatever you want to call them), should take fees for speaking. I think they ought to attempt to be as transparent about their financial interests as they insist politicians should be. And I think it is the height of hypocrisy when newspaper people refuse to be interviewed by other newspaper/TV/radio reporters about themselves for news reports. This phenomenon is not limited to David Broder, needless to say. It has surfaced from time to time locally.

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