There’s journalism and then there’s advertising

By Christopher B. Daly

Trouble is, in politics, there are no rules. The very virtue that journalists try so hard to establish and protect — credibility — is just another tactical advantage to political ad-makers.

According to John Harwood in today’s Times,

More and more this election year, campaign ads include footage from television news programs, further blurring the fading lines separating modern journalism and politics. The trend bothers practitioners of journalism more than those in politics.

I’m afraid there is really no remedy.

As the veteran political Joe Klein of Time said on TV recently: there is no answer; journalists just have to get over it.

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