Maybe I'm the only one who thought this was surprising, but when the Texas Tribune story appeared on Paul Burka being banished from moderating the gubernatorial debates, I didn't see a single disclosure.
If you're here, you probably know that Evan Smith left TexasMonthly to start Texas Tribune. It's essentially his operation -- he carries the title CEO and editor-in-chief. I sent an email to the very tastefully named Mr. Smith to ask why there was no mention of the fact, but haven't received a reply. I would've thought that since Smith was Burka's boss for a decade there would be some sort of note on that. In fact, I would have assumed that any story involving Texas Monthly or Burka would get some sort of disclosure.
Maybe I'm wrong. Truthfully it doesn't matter much to me, but I did find it surprising. If you've read this blog long enough you'd know that I don't care at all about disclosing. If a campaign were paying me, I wouldn't feel obligated to tell you (though I have successfully avoided ever receiving a dime from politics up to this point). My words are my words. But then, I'm not a newspaper, nor something that resembles it.
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