Wednesday, May 06, 2009
Newspapers Selling Coverage to Candidates
This piece in today's Wall Street Journal highlights the pressing problem of newspapers (mostly Hindi, Urdu, and Gujarati) selling positive or "not negative" coverage to candidates this election cycle. I'm not sure what the law looks like in this area, but it does seem this is something the Election Commissioners Office could step in to crack down on, and the article suggests they may be considering doing this. Otherwise, the newspapers should start warning readers that they are adverts whose articles are up for sale - that just seems like basic consumer protection law.