Diplomacy pays off

MSNBC's story last week on 143 journalists who made campaign contributions (the topic of my upcoming media analysis) elicited all types of reactions from...

MSNBC's story last week on 143 journalists who made campaign contributions (the topic of my upcoming media analysis) elicited all types of reactions from the journalists themselves, from apologetic to mortified to standoffish to annoyed. But this one is my favorite:

(D) The Lincoln, Neb., Journal Star, Paul Fell, editorial cartoonist, $450 in 2006 to Maxine Moul, Democratic candidate for the House.

"For your information, I did contribute the amounts listed to the Maxine Moul for Congress campaign in 2006," Fell said in an e-mail [...]

"Frankly, I don't give a rat's ass what the Lincoln Journal Star or their parent organization, Lee Enterprises, policies are on allowing newsroom staff to give to candidates and parties. I do not believe they did disclose my donations. That's their problem, not mine."

Update on June 25: Fell is no longer with the newspaper.

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