Two journalists were among 18 people appointed to Canada’s Senate by Stephen Harper: Mike Duffy and former broadcaster Pamela Wallin.

The acceptance of the position by high-profile political reporter Duffy is raising perhaps the most eyebrows; one story quoted a critic charging that the” move also points to the slipping standards of Canadian political journalism, in general.” Lee Greenberg of CanWest also quoted professor (and J-Source ethics editor) Stephen Ward saying while journalists have a right to accept Senate appointments it “will prompt valid questions about the relationships both journalists had prior to their appointment.”

A story on the CTV website looks at how Duffy decided to leave journalism behind and accept the $130,400-per-year Senate position.

Sitting Senators who were once journalists include Jim Munson, Joan Fraser,  Michael Grattan O’Leary, and Richard Doyle.

Two journalists were among 18 people appointed to Canada’s Senate by Stephen Harper: Mike Duffy and former broadcaster Pamela Wallin.

The acceptance of the position by high-profile political reporter Duffy is raising perhaps the most eyebrows; one story quoted a critic charging that the” move also points to the slipping standards of Canadian political journalism, in general.” Lee Greenberg of CanWest also quoted professor (and J-Source ethics editor) Stephen Ward saying while journalists have a right to accept Senate appointments it “will prompt valid questions about the relationships both journalists had prior to their appointment.”

A story on the CTV website looks at how Duffy decided to leave journalism behind and accept the $130,400-per-year Senate position.

Sitting Senators who were once journalists include Jim Munson, Joan Fraser,  Michael Grattan O’Leary, and Richard Doyle.

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