He and his Associate Editor David Keim violate journalistic ethics by sitting as a panelist on WBIR’s Inside Tennessee where they handicap political races and then they go back to the Sentinel and conduct candidate interviews and endorse candidates. Just review the tivo and see what they said about each race after the endorsements and after the election.
This printing of the orange and white ballots has crossed a line. It has expressly violated the E.W. Scripps Ethics policy on political activity. In addition, McElroy has now made the Sentinel a $7,500 contributor to Knox Accountability. A financial contributor to a political cause. He has now made the Sentinel the major collector of petition signors. Here is the E.W. Scripps Ethics policy of political activity. Thanks to Number9 for posting this on my friend, Terry Frank’s blog.
If you have any issue with the link. I have posted it below. The bottom line is that the Time is Now and Now you have to call 888-397-4911 to file a complaint on McElroy’s political activity .
Here is the link to the ethics policy.
From the E.W. Scripps Ethics Policy:
“The Company remains independent in all political matters and will not make monetary contributions, directly or indirectly, to political campaigns or causes, or to political parties. Moreover, its officers will not make such contributions acting on behalf of the Company. Rare exceptions may be made to this prohibition, but then only if permitted by law and approved by the President of the Company.
Although the Company is independent in all political matters, employees are encouraged to register to vote, with party affiliations, and to vote. Employees may pursue their own personal political activities, but may not, either inadvertently or intentionally, represent their personal views or contributions to be those of the Company. Employees must avoid any suggestion that their relationship with the Company constitutes an endorsement of any kind.
Journalists and others working in newsrooms must abide by a more restrictive standard, given the disinterested neutrality from which news organizations must work. They must not serve in elected or politically appointed positions. They must not participate in political fund-raising, political organizing, nor other activities designed to enhance a candidate, a political party or a political-interest organization. They must not make contributions of record to political campaigns nor engage in other such activity that might associate an employee’s name with a political candidate or a political cause.”
How many violations of the Scripps Ethics Policy will Editor McElroy violate by actively participating in collecting signatures for KCP? At least five violations. This is the problem with Elitists. Rules and policies do not apply to them. At least in their minds.
If you find this to be an egregious violation of the public trust you may directly contact the E. W. Scripps company at 1-888-397-4911. This number will be answered only by the Ethical Program Director who will insure the matter is investigated, and that appropriate confidentiality is maintained.