The fallout. This is just the beginning…
“Faughn, a Republican who has opposed Greitens, has caused consternation for years among some Capitol reporters who argue that his activism and ties to advertisers and operatives cross ethical lines.
Members of the association said Faughn had never articulated policies designed to separate the news-gathering side of the Times from the business side — something the association demanded in 2015.
“Two of the basic standards of journalism require non-participation in the stories covered by a journalist and full, immediate disclosure when there is even the appearance of a conflict of interest,” Rudi Keller, reporter for the Columbia Daily Tribune, said in regard to the $50,000 payment. “The reporter-publisher violated those standards.”
Missouri Times kicked out of association after publisher’s payment to anti-Greitens lawyer
“This is not the last you will hear about their decision,” Scott Faughn, The Missouri Times’ publisher, said after the vote.