August 14, 2007, - 12:29 pm
By Debbie Schlussel
On Sunday’s “Meet the Press,” among those journalists commenting on the Fred Thompson campaign was Margaret Carlson, former TIME Magazine columnist and reporter and now of Palestinian Broadcasting System (PBS).
She referred to Thompson as “Senator Thompson,” but never as “my ex-boyfriend.” In its August 13th issue, Newsweek did a story on the controversial Jeri Kehn Thompson and Fred Thompson’s previous girlfriends. Some I knew about–like country crooner Lori Morgan and pollster Kellyanne Fitzpatrick Conway. But one, I wasn’t aware of . . . Carlson.
It’s just a tad inappropriate to comment on and on as a journalist about someone and not disclose this very stark conflict of interest. I call it the Campbell Brown move.
As I’ve written several times, when Alma Dale Campbell Brown a/k/a Campbell Brown was “dating” (euphemism) then-Saudi spokesman (now Ambassador) Adel Al-Jubeir, she covered the visit of Saudi then-Crown Prince (now King) Abdullah to the Bush ranch in Crawford, Texas.
Brown delivered a glowing, gushing report on NBC Nightly News, never disclosing the fact that she was swapping some sort of bodily fluid with the country’s chief propagandist and accepted a free trip to the Kingdom, courtesy of Al-Jubeir. Brown deliberately did not report on Saudi demands (and Bush caving to them) that women not occupy the air traffic control tower or tarmac at Waco’s airport. Nor did she report on the Saudi then-Prince’s entourage’s trip that night to a strip club in Waco, despite their claim they couldn’t be near women at the airport.
While not as bad as the egregious Brown, Carlson’s comments on Thompson–without being open and honest that she once was his girlfriend–is a conflict of interest and a tad dishonest. Shame on host David Gregory (subbing for Tim Russert) for not disclosing it for her.
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