Now how do I know Paddy Mac admires Jay Bullock? Because Paddy Mac himself said so in an email he sent out yesterday! See, Paddy Mac sent out an email with a “sneak preview” of his latest article on JSOnline, and in addition to sending it to the usual band of conservatives folks, he sent it to Jay along with the following message:
Here’s an early look at my column in Friday’s Journal Sentinel. You’re seeing it because I send a heads-up to a select group of talkers and bloggers whose work I admire. You’re among them.
After Paddy Mac let his conservative pals and Jay know just how much he admired them, Paddy Mac went on to include the text of his latest article in its entirety in his email, which might not be a problem, except for one little thing. According to the American Society of Newspaper Editors web site, under the heading “Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Ethics Policy“:
Pre-publication review. Avoid any agreement that a subject may clear a story for publication. Do not submit an article, in either draft or final form, to anyone outside the newsroom prior to publication. Unless you have approval from the editor or managing editor, avoid even disclosing to people outside the Journal Sentinel when an article will be published, especially stories of a sensitive or financial nature.
Maybe I’m wrong, but wouldn’t submitting your latest article to your conservative pals before it’s actually published be in direct contradiction of the policy I just quoted? What’s more, it’s not an isolated incident, because as Jay has reported, Paddy Mac emailed Jay today’s column last night.