National Journal’s contributing editor Linda Douglass joins Obama Campaign

This New York Times’ article says that some conservatives are squawking about journalists going to campaigns but seriously, if Tony Snow went to the Bush White House, they’re kidding, right?

And, in the reverse, if we dial up the way-back machine to Wide Open, how is she able to have had an entire career in and out of political involvement and be trusted, but for the pittance of pay that four independent bloggers received, the Plain Dealer felt that there was too much chance that we’d besmirch their reputation with even the appearance of bias?

From the Times:

The so-called revolving door between journalism and campaigns has been drawing increasing attention. Before joining The National Journal, Ms. Douglass had worked for decades in television news, starting at network affiliates in Los Angeles and becoming a Washington correspondent at CBS News and then, until 2006, at ABC News, where she covered Capitol Hill.

There, Ms. Douglass covered Mr. Obama’s entering the Senate, appearing on ABC the night he won election in 2004 to predict, “He’s going to be received by the Democrats as a conquering hero.”

She added that he would be a potential presidential candidate. Ms. Douglass said she got to know Mr. Obama after he took his seat.

“I watched him when he came to the Senate,” she said. “I thought he was very impressive and I contacted the staff and said I wanted to meet him.”

Ms. Douglass said she maintained contact with his team after she left ABC News in 2006 to study partisan gridlock at New York University and, later, when she had a journalism fellowship at Harvard.

At Harvard in April 2007, she said, she attended two days of debate preparation with Mr. Obama, helping him anticipate questions he might face at a coming debate.

Ms. Douglass said she agreed to help only because she was not working as a journalist and did not expect to return to the business. She said she was enticed to join as a contributor to The National Journal that June because she was excited by the campaign and respected the magazine’s approach to politics. She said she told direct supervisors there about her involvement in the debate preparation.

The editor of the magazine, Charles Green, said Ms. Douglass never pulled her punches or showed favoritism.

“I have no qualms about the journalism she did for us,” Mr. Green said. “She’s a pro.”

Some things just never will make sense.

Here’s a lengthier piece on Douglass.

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