Blogger Ethics Panel

Matt Stoller is quite right on the issue of James Carville. What’s astound here, however, is less Carville than CNN. CNN is a prestigious television network. They have a lot of money. If they wanted to find a Democratic analyst to comment on the primary race who wasn’t invested in any particular outcome, they surely could do so without much trouble. I know a lot of people in this town with genuinely agnostic views on the subject. Carville, who’s doing fundraising letters for Hillary Clinton and more broadly is all tied in with their camp, is clearly an inappropriate choice. So why’s CNN doing it? Probably for no reason. Or, rather, just because they’re CNN “the most trusted name in news” and don’t think it matters what they do. They’re the professionals and everyone knows it, so thy’re under no particular obligation to act like professionals.