Let’s make one thing clear: Terrence Wall is not an official candidate for Russ Feingold’s U.S. Senate seat in 2010. However, as Jason Haas notes, the fact that Wall is not an official candidate shouldn’t stop In Business magazine from disclosing the fact that Terrence Wall may be using his regular column in their publication to pave the way for his own candidacy for the U.S. Senate in 2010.
After all, should Terrence Wall be given carte blanche to express his political opinions – especially if those opinions may bolster his own candidacy – without readers being made aware of Wall’s aspirations?
I understand an argument could be made that Wall isn’t an official candidate for the U.S. Senate, and thus no disclaimer is necessary, but as Jason Haas wrote,
At best, that is a poor excuse. At worst, it’s a crass ethical failure. I call upon In Business to disclose Mr. Wall’s potential candidacy in each and every one of his online and in-print columns. It takes very little effort to do so, and the reputation of the magazine would be well-served by the move.
Terrence Wall and In Business should make it clear to readers that Wall is a rumored candidate for the U.S. Senate – it just seems like the right thing to do.