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A Surprising History of Political Disclosure

Friday, July 20, 2012

This week, there were renewed calls from both sides of the aisle for Mitt Romney to release personal tax information. Joseph Thorndike, Director of the Tax History Project at Tax Analysts and a contributing editor for Tax Notes magazine tells Brooke that the history of this kind of disclosure from political candidates began with a little dog named Checkers.

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Introducing Joe Olivo

Friday, July 13, 2012

In the past few weeks, two NPR reporters have interviewed New Jersey small business owner Joe Olivo. What both reporters neglected to note was Olivo's affiliation with the lobbying organization The National Federation of Independent Business. Bob talks to Olivo, and NPR Ombudsman Edward Schumacher-Matos about whether disclosing Olivo's relationship with the NFIB was necessary context for listeners of those stories.

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Morning Show Payola

Friday, December 16, 2011

As product placement becomes pervasive in TV and movies, the line between content continues to blur. It turns out that even TV news is getting into the game of embedded advertising, often crossing the line into the illegal practice of "payola", when "experts" tout products they are being paid to promote with no disclosure. Bob speaks with Paul Farhi of The Washington Post about this thriving (if illegal) cottage industry. (Note: click here for a correction about the clip we played of Elizabeth Werner.)

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