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Journalists and impartiality

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In light of ABC anchor George Stephanopoulos’ stupidity in giving $75,000 to the Clinton Foundation, Let me tell you a story.

My late father-in-law, Judge William Gleason, was a prominent lawyer in the northern Illinois GOP stronghold of McHenry County. He was prominent in service organizations, the church, and other community endeavors, including Republican politics. When he was appointed a Magistrate, the entry level for judges (often called County Judges elsewhere), he terminated all memberships in the Elks and other organizations, stopped appearing in public places with a drink in his hand (e.g., the local country club), and ceased all community activities that, in any way, could be construed as partisan.

A college student at the time, I asked him why he did this and he said it was necessary to convey both the impression of impartiality as well as actually implementing impartiality as a judge in his community. When he passed away, he was a District Court Judge, which, in Illinois, is a partisan elected position; he hated the politics of it and the campaigning, but to remain a judge he had to go through it. His decisions remained impartial.

Journalists should adopt a similar standard. That would mean the following:

  • No voter registration with any political party.
  • Consider not voting at all.
  • No donations of any kind to anybody or anything.
  • No advising any political candidate, party or organization for any reason.
  • Be completely honest about your resume.
  • Pay for your own coffee and booze.

Former journalist Richard J. Schneider writes the Vic Bengston mystery novel series from Colorado.

Books available at Amazon & Select Indie Bookstores

My mystery eBooks are now available at Amazon as Kindle Elektrik Books. The Vic Bengston Investigation novels  are available in trade paperback from Amazon, my website, and select Colorado independent bookstores, including the Tattered Cover.

These include WATER: A Vic Bengston Investigation, VOTE: A Vic Bengston Investigation, and Who Killed Porkchop? A Key West Mystery (a novella).

They are also available as eBooks from public libraries.

The next book in the Bengston series – FRACK: A Vic Bengston Investigation – will be published in late 2016.

I am available about any time for book club presentations, art club presentations (yes, I have a writing and art talk) and other groups in person, by phone, or via Skype.

You can contact me via email at RICHARDJSCHNEIDER@COMCAST.NET.

Good reading..