Why hasn’t “In Business” disclosed its political columnist is a candidate?

If you’re going to have a person writing a column about politics for your magazine, the magazine has a responsibility to disclose if and when that writer is a candidate for office.

Why, then, has In Business magazine failed to do that in the case of their conservative columnist and property magnate Terrance Wall?

The political scene aware that Mr. Wall is in the early stages of making a run against U.S. Senator Feingold in 2010. Yet In Business magazine has failed to disclose this in Mr. Wall’s column. Is it because he’s not yet officially declared himself as a candidate?

At best, that is a poor excuse. At worst, it’s a crass ethical failure. I call upon In Business to disclose Mr. Wall’s potential candidacy in each and every one of his online and in-print columns. It takes very little effort to do so, and the reputation of the magazine would be well-served by the move.

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Author: Jason Haas

Jason is an elected member of the Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors, occasionally moonlights as an amateur gardener, and is a proud father of two, or three, depending on how you do the math.

2 thoughts on “Why hasn’t “In Business” disclosed its political columnist is a candidate?”

    1. I wouldn’t call it a punch so much as a stern tap on the shoulder… but anyway, thank you! Also, they don’t seem to like allowing comments to be posted on their site. I posted one yesterday to the article in quetion, but nothing has so appeared so far. Perhaps they were serious about the 48 hour window. If that’s put in terms of business hours, and the time was divided over a standard business week (M-F, 8-5), it could take a week for comment approval. That’s not too much, is it?

      Update: They finally posted some comments, but curiously, their standard of what is or is not offensive seems to filter out (read: they remove) any and all questions about this issue of their not disclosing Mr. Wall’s probable candidacy. But they’re happy to have myths like “Canadians come to the U.S. for health care.” Classy!

      Update 2: The comments that were there yesterday night have altogether disappeared.

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