As a person, it's hard sometimes to be bi-partisan. As a journalist, it doesn't matter how you feel on the issue - it better not show through in your writing.
So, when I get an e-mail from a presidential candidate, asking me to VOLUNTEER for their campaign at my work, I get a little mad.
It all started when I registered on Sen. John McCain's, R-Ariz., website to receive his press releases. I noticed that before I was finished, it was talking about joining something called "Team McCain" - for the mass or citizen media.
Nope, just the press releases please. So I just entered the basic information, like my job, company and e-mail address. But in order to get what I needed, I still had to give them a login and password just to start receiving the press releases.
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Two weeks later, McCain's "team" is asking me to drum up support in my state ... gather 10 friends, make calls, and coordinate with specific groups (i.e., certain races, professions, etc.)
It is with that I have to rant. How do the organizers of "Team McCain" think they expect journalists to start organizing parties and fundraisers for candidates if they are to remain neutral? You can't have it both ways, journalists remaining neutral while out on the campaign trail and campaigning for you at the same time.
Granted, I am allowed a private life. When I walk out of the building, my life is my own, but I am expected to uphold certain morals and values.
I represent this company and my profession. For those who see it differently, to each his own. But as a journalist, I find it tough to write a check to a candidate or a political party and not feel like I have slanted my views.
Please, Sen. McCain, let's not blur the line already more than it has been.