NYT warns reporters to stay away from Rachel Maddow, other shows seen as ‘too partisan’

NYT warns reporters to stay away from Rachel Maddow, other shows seen as ‘too partisan’
Rachel Maddow (Image: YouTube screen grab)

[Ed. – Time Times suddenly remembered its journalistic responsibilities?]

The New York Times is reportedly warning editors and reporters to steer clear of appearances on cable-news shows that are seen as “too partisan” or “opinionated.”

Vanity Fair’s Joe Pompeo reported finance editor David Enrich was asked to decline an invitation to appear on Rachel Maddow’s highly rated MSNBC show to talk about his May 19 report on Deutsche Bank flagging suspicious transactions involving President Donald Trump and Jared Kushner.

“The Times was wary of how viewers might perceive a down-the-middle journalist like Enrich talking politics with a mega-ideological host like Maddow,” Pompeo wrote.

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But it is not just MSNBC.

“The Times has come to ‘prefer’ . . . that its reporters steer clear of any cable-news shows that the masthead perceives as too partisan, and managers have lately been advising people not to go on what they see as highly opinionated programs,” Pompeo wrote, citing an unnamed source.

According to Pompeo, those kinds of shows ones hosted by MSNBC’s Lawrence McDonnell and CNN’s Don Lemon, as well as Fox News’ Sean Hannity and Tucker Carlson — although no Times reporters have appeared on those programs.

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