People better start rethinking everything....Who Do TV Pundits Really Work For?And then there are the times when the ideological lines get a little blurry, if they weren’t blurry enough already. Former RNC chair Michael Steele and Fox News liberal Lanny Davis are cable news fixtures — and business partners. Steele’s tenure at the RNC was marked by gaffes and scandal (Washington Post, 4/7/10), while Davis’ history has included working on behalf of the dictators of Equatorial Guinea and Ivory Coast (Salon, 12/21/10).In June 2012, they founded the bipartisan-themed Purple Nation Solutions, a communications firm that specializes in “solutions through legal means, political lobbying and media management” for “CEOs, Fortune 500 companies, political leaders, lobbyists and individuals facing a crisis.”In fact, it’s difficult to catalog all of the possible conflicts of interest among elite TV pundits. Former Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell plays a TV liberal on MSBNC — but he’s also an adviser at investment bank Greenhill & Co, as well as an operating partner at a small firm that makes investments in the energy industry.Another TV liberal, Harold Ford, who makes frequent appearances on NBC and MSNBC, also has a day job: He works as a senior managing director for the investment giant Morgan Stanley. Columnist Glenn Greenwald (Salon, 7/9/12) called Ford “the walking, breathing embodiment of virtually everything rotted and corrupt about the American political class”—in other words, a ubiquitous TV pundit.Once upon a time, such conflicts were considered ethically questionable—once they were exposed by other journalists.http://billmoyers.com/2013/09/10/don%E2%80%99t-quit-your-day-job/
I was watching "Morning Joe" this morning and Willie Geist interviewed the architect for One World Trade. He was two blocks working for a firm when the planes hit. He stated that he was asked by someone if the towers would fall where he stated "No, a steel constructed building has never collapsed due to a fire." I was baffled that he said his on air.Though it would be easy for someone to miss this due to the context of the question.