December 12, 2012

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Perhaps all guests on cable television should have to disclose just who funds the organizations that they represent. It’d be a nice element of transparency in a medium that doesn’t always self-disclose. One stipulation: Don’t follow the Chris Matthews model of disclosure-browbeating. In the clip above, he serves as an emissary for the Bureau of Cable News Incivility, asking Scott Hagerstrom of Americans for Prosperity, “Who’s paying your salary?” The Erik Wemple Blog is now checking previous Matthews clips to determine how evenhandedly he demands such information.

Erik Wemple writes the Erik Wemple blog, where he reports and opines on media organizations of all sorts.