The National Review, a conservative magazine, is offering to pay the media a $10,000 to $15,000 fee if it can find a journalist who is willing to break the rules of political journalism.
The magazine’s new rule: The only way to be considered a reporter is if you agree to not write anything that makes a partisan point or opposes a Democrat or progressive candidate.
The rule, which National Review calls “non-partisan,” is intended to make it harder for media organizations to be politically biased.
“If we’re going to be journalists, then we should be fair and impartial,” National Review’s editor-in-chief, Rich Lowry, told The Washington Post.
“It’s an attempt to create a greater degree of neutrality and to protect the integrity of the media.”
The rule requires that a journalist agree not to write anything about a candidate that is “partisan or anti-Democratic,” or that “contains information that would make a Democratic or progressive voter feel negatively about the candidate.”
In other words, if the journalist is willing and able to write something negative about a Democrat, that is the only way they can be considered an independent journalist.
But it is a tricky rule.
It is a difficult one, because it requires a journalist to agree not only to not give the candidate anything that could make a partisan statement, but also not to give anything to anyone who would do that.
This is a tough one to enforce.
You have to get past the partisanship of a candidate and the fact that a lot of the news coverage of him has been negative.
That is why you have to be able to be neutral.
You cannot be objective and say, “I would like to be a reporter,” and say I will not write about him.
This seems a bit too easy to get around, especially if you are an independent media organization, which Lowry is.
He said he is working with the National Public Radio and The New York Times to try to get a solution to this problem.
He was unable to give a timeline for when that might be.
And in an interview with The Washington Times on Wednesday, Lowry called the rule a “tough” one, noting that it is not just journalists, but other news outlets that will be affected by it.
“I think that it’s very important that journalists should be able and confident that the fact-checking is fair and that the reporting is not influenced by partisan politics,” he said.
“Because if you can’t be fair, then what are you?
You’re not going to have integrity.”
And Lowry, a self-described liberal, did not mention that this is a very difficult policy to enforce, given that the rules are meant to prevent bias, not to punish it.
In the end, Lowry told The Post, “we’ll see how it goes.”