Bought and Paid For

January 25, 2005

Yes, as a syndicated columnest you should have disclosed your $21,500 contract to promote a proposal that you also happened to defend in several columns (link via Instapundit). Your readers have a right to assume that you have no profit motive in asserting a particular position unless your inform them otherwise.

UPDATE:  Instapundit adds a link to some context that provides a different view of the situation.

UPDATE2: Instapundit has again updated his post with Gallagher’s response, and this now looks less worrisome than it seemed at first. I still believe that she should have disclosed the contract, but it no longer seems like a serious ethical lapse.

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