To: Bob Garfield and Brooke Gladstone, Hosts, NPR’s On The Media
From: Mitch Berg, Uppity Peasant
Re: Your Concern For Journalistic Integrity
Ms. Gladstone / Mr. Garfield
I caught your story in this week’s edition of On The Media criticizing NBC for paying, not only for footage (of this spectacular skydiving accident) but for exclusive access to the principals to the story.
This – paying for access to news – is one of those things that furrow the brows of journo-wonks. And the two of you were audibly furrowed. Gotta hand you that.
So – paying for access to a news story is bad. Gotcha.
So is being paid by a partisan pressure group to run a news story even worse?
Get back to us on this.
That is all.