No lines left to cross…

Journalists should not give advice to politicians, although politicans might glean advice from opinion columns. But long ago, journalists from all media began getting cozy with politics as political actors–becoming aides, speech writers, and advisors. With the rise of the Sunday political talk shows and, later, the cable news operations, politicians began taking jobs as journalists–confined mostly to TV because the money and exposure is greater. The New York Times reports today on a memo FOX News Chairman Roger Ailes sent to President Bush offering advice following 9/11. This should be a shocking lapse of journalistic ethics, but it’s not. The ethic that maintains distance between journalists and politicians is quite dead except for reporters toiling at the local level where this behavior will still get you fired.