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February 03, 2007 06:55 AM UTC

Big Conflict of Interest at The Chieftain

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  • by: Tyler Chafee

An article in The Pueblo Chieftain regarding this latest dust-up between Udall and McInnis failed to disclose one key fact:  McInnis is a lobbyist for the Chieftain as was noted in a recent column by Peter Blake.

You guessed it, Colorado Media Matters caught the story and posted an item on their website.

This relationship may not have changed the way the reporter wrote the story, but they really should have disclosed the relationship.

Especially since they fail to mention anywhere in the story that McInnis is currently a lobbyist.

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6 thoughts on “Big Conflict of Interest at The Chieftain

  1. Easily corrected. McInnis has more problems to worry about than this.

    What about Udall’s wife working as a lobbyist?

    Now that is a huge, unethical conflict of interest, don’t you think? I do.

    Shades of Tom Dachel and his wife.

    1. This isn’t as much a problem for McInnis.  It’s a conflict of interest for the newspaper.

      Do you think the Chieftain should have noted their business relationship with McInnis in the article?

      Have you done any work in South Dakota before Mr. Skeptic?

      1. But then, if papers mentioned all their conflicts, they would have to say, “The Denver Post sells advertising to home builders who would benefit from widening I-70 to the mountains.” Or, “The Rocky Mountain news sells advertising to auto dealers who sell polluting SUVs.” And “The copyeditor who wrote the headline to this story contributes to moveon.org.”

        Where do you draw the line? “The publishers of Coloradopols.com work for rich Democrats.”

    2. Udall’s wife formerly was a lobbyist for Sierra Club but for nearly a year has been president of America Votes. She in fact is not a lobbyist.

      To uncritically repeat McInnis’ implication that she is, is poor reporting and misinformation. The Chieftain got that part of the story right by checking with Udall’s office; the Rocky did not bother to make that quick phone call or e-mail to Udall’s office.

      Isn’t a news organization’s credibility worth a two-minute phone call?

      Bill Menezes
      Editorial Director
      Colorado Media Matters

  2. isn’t it just as much a conflict of interest that YOU work for Colorado Media Matters and yet you fail to disclose it just like the Chieftain failed to disclose???  Just curious if democrats can be hypocrytes too?  I guess so.

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