Long Island Business News runs an op-ed column under former U.S. Sen. Al D’Amato’s byline entitled, “Newsday’s new day: Murdoch or consortium?” It’s basically a suggestion that Tribune Co. sell its Newsday newspaper to Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp.
Two things to consider. First, as the New York Daily News’ Ben Smith notes, “D’Amato is a registered lobbyist for News Corp. in Washington. (Not disclosed in his op-ed.)”
UPDATE: The paper’s editor comments in the blog that disclosure is policy and that one appear in the next issue.
That’s not the only problem. It’s highly improbable that D’Amato actually wrote the piece in question. More likely, someone who works for him (or Murdoch?) wrote it. (This practice was a topic in my piece yesterday.)
Sounds like Long Island Business News has some lessons to learn in basic journalism.