Say what?

Courtesy of Mediaite

Sources tell Vanity Fair’s Joe Pompeo that managers at the newspaper have been steering journalists away from appearing on certain cable news programs with a renewed vigor.

Alongside Maddow and Lemon, Lawrence O’Donnell’s show on MSNBC is also apparently a no-go, as are Sean Hannity and Tucker Carlson’s programs — though Times reporters were typically never seen on those shows anyway.

Reached for comment by Vanity Fair, a Times spokeswoman pointed to the section of the newspaper’s “Ethical Journalism” handbook that covers broadcast media appearances:

“In deciding whether to make a radio, television or Internet appearance, a staff member should consider its probable tone and content to make sure they are consistent with Times standards. Staff members should avoid strident, theatrical forums that emphasize punditry and reckless opinion-mongering.”

In contrast, a spokesperson for The Washington Post told Pompeo that “We view all broadcast programs as opportunities to expose our journalism to different audiences.”

Hey look, I get why NYT would dissuade reporters from appearing on Fox News as that is not a legitimate cable news outlet.

But partisan or not MSNBC and CNN embrace journalistic ethics and report truthfully about news and politics. 

Besides I have seen reporters disagree with cable news hosts so they are certainly free to express their honest point of view, or even choose to keep their opinion to themselves. 

I just think that the New York Times making this decision is an indication that Trump’s bullying behavior has worn them down and made them gun shy about allowing their reporters to gain a higher profile on cable news. 

And let’s face facts, it’s not like avoiding these shows is going to convince Trump supporters to stop calling them “fake news.”

That ship has already sailed, so they might as well double down and continue to provide the excellent journalism for which they are known.