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Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Being close to sources

Posted By on Wed, Jul 30, 2008 at 8:22 AM

More on former LR journalist Ron Fournier, journalism, politics, etc. (After you read this, imagine for a moment that the report had emerged in February and the names Clinton or Obama were substituted for McCain.) From Editor and Publisher:

NEW YORK Ron Fournier, the former top Associated Press reporter returned to AP in March 2007 and now serves as D.C. bureau chief, where he directs coverage of the 2008 campaign. But before he took that job, revealed tonight, he considered taking a job as a senior adviser to Sen. John McCain's presidential campaign.

A source said that he had been approached for this job in October 2006 and in the following months talked to several top McCain advisers about it.

Earlier this month, Fournier was criticized over what some saw as an overly-friendly email ("Keep up the fight") to Karl Rove in 2004.

When reached by Politico by phone Monday, Fournier declined to comment, but referred the matter to AP spokesman Paul Colford, who issued a statement: "It is not uncommon for journalists to be approached by political campaigns, elected officials and government agencies about possible job opportunities. Ron Fournier was approached by the McCain campaign and decided he wasn't interested in working for a political campaign, months before he rejoined AP in March 2007."

Here's the Politico link. Knowing Ron, I still believe he's capable of being an equal opportunity scold. He was looking for work at the time. He didn't take the job. But .... the leftosphere will be howling. Arkie angle: A number of Arkansas journalists have spun through the revolving door to politics and sometimes back to journalism again. Right, Rex?

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