Sunday, September 16, 2012

CNN Reporter Tweets Obama Donation Request

link - Ed Driscoll/PJM
This appears to be the height of journalistic malpractice. - Noel Sheppard/Newsbusters
CNN reporter Peter Hamby sends Obama donation request form to Twitter followers - Howard Portnoy/HotAir

Imagine that you were a broadcast journalist and wanted to alert viewers who follow you online that the president was making a campaign stop in a particular battleground state. You might send out a message on a social network, say Twitter, reading, “President headed to battleground state of Wisconsin: Will be in Milwaukee next weekend.” You’d still be well under the 140-character limit on Twitter.

If you wanted to provide more information—one, say, that gave the date of the visit and cost to attend a fund-raising reception—you might link to as Associated Press dispatch with that information.

Or, if you’re CNN’s Peter Hamby, you could link to a page on the Obama campaign website that contains an interactive donation form so that readers could not only plan to attend but part with a little cash to help advance “the cause” while they’re at it.