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.