How to rationalize bad behavior

Bill Dedman of MSNBC revealed today a list of journalists who made political contributions. You will not be surprised to learn it was a 9 to 1 ratio in favor of the Democrats. But like Tames Taranto I am amused and instructed by the ridiculous response of the NYT's ethicist Randy Cohen when it was revealed he'd contributed to MoveOn, the radical lefty group. Dedman wrote: Then there's Randy Cohen, who writes the "Ethicist" column for the New York Times and gave $585 to, an Angry Left Group":Cohen said he thought of as nonpartisan and thought the donation would be allowed even under the strict rule at the Times. "We admire those colleagues who participate in their communities--help out at the local school, work with Little League, donate to charity," Cohen said in an e-mail. "But no such activity is or can be non-ideological. Few papers would object to a journalist donating to the Boy Scouts or joining the Catholic Church. But the...(Read Full Post)