Democratic Underground Latest Greatest Lobby Journals Search Options Help Login
Google

Is Jim Miklaszewski A Buckraker?

Printer-friendly format Printer-friendly format
Printer-friendly format Email this thread to a friend
Printer-friendly format Bookmark this thread
This topic is archived.
Home » Discuss » Archives » General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010) Donate to DU
 
annabanana Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-16-07 06:17 AM
Original message
Is Jim Miklaszewski A Buckraker?
I just saw him potificating on NBC.. and I remembered this from Crooks & Liars
http://www.crooksandliars.com/2007/07/15/is-jim-miklasz... /

So Im reading Jamison Fosers usual excellent column at Media Matters discussing why John Edwards $400 haircut is always in the news, and I come upon this really interesting nugget. According to the Providence Journals Tom Mooney, apparently, NBC Pentagon correspondent Jim Miklaszewski was paid $30,000 to give a speech for the Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce, a speech in which he bashed Edwards for the haircut incident. Lets leave aside Miklaszewskis Bushnik the enemy is patient and America has a short attention span wingnut rhetoric, and focus on a very specific practice going on here known in the industry as buckraking.

Buckraking is the practice whereby a journalist is paid to speak to a business or right-wing group for large sums of money, and buckraking is a serious offense (its also apparently against NBCs corporate policy). <..>

Did Miklaszewski break company policy by accepting this speaking fee? It certainly would seem he did (hes listed as a speaker for hire on speaker provider Barber and Associates web site). Chris Matthews fell into a bit of hot water last year for apparently accepting speaking fees from special interest corporate groups, and Rick Kaplan, then MSNBCs President, made it clear that the policy for news anchors at NBC was that buckraking would result in firing.


From one of the comments:
Jim Miklaszewski, as an employee of NBC, is an employee of GE. GEs code of conduct covers all companies owned by GE. It is called The Spirit and Letter, and takes a particularly dim view of conflicts of interest. It also prohibits the use of company resources for personal gain. He can be fired for the first offense. NBC has a corporate problem with their staff propagandists using company resources for personal gain. Last week it was Tweety using NBC to pimp for Ann Coulter - and thereby helping his own relationship with his publisher, now its this guy. Aside from the shame being a propaganda outlet, it looks like NBC is just doesnt get it (as far as enforcing their ethical standards and obligations goes). Their failures just further degrade what little credibility they have left (were it not for Olbermann, they would have none).

I might suggest a campaign to contact the GE Corporate Ombudsman with complaints, providing links to this C&L thread. I am told that they take this kind of ethical breach very seriously.

Contact Info:

GE Corporate Ombudsperson at 800-227-5003
or
ombudsperson@corporate.ge.com



Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top

Home » Discuss » Archives » General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010) Donate to DU

Powered by DCForum+ Version 1.1 Copyright 1997-2002 DCScripts.com
Software has been extensively modified by the DU administrators


Important Notices: By participating on this discussion board, visitors agree to abide by the rules outlined on our Rules page. Messages posted on the Democratic Underground Discussion Forums are the opinions of the individuals who post them, and do not necessarily represent the opinions of Democratic Underground, LLC.

Home  |  Discussion Forums  |  Journals |  Store  |  Donate

About DU  |  Contact Us  |  Privacy Policy

Got a message for Democratic Underground? Click here to send us a message.

© 2001 - 2011 Democratic Underground, LLC