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Another Day, Another RW Pundit on the Take

There have been so many of these, it's enough to make one wonder whether anyone espouses right-wing ideology without getting some extra money on the side.
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There have been so many of these stories, it's enough to make one wonder whether anyone espouses right-wing ideology without getting some extra money on the side. The New Republic has taken the lid off FoxNews.com long-time science columnist Steven Milloy, who "has a long history of taking payment from industries that have a stake in the science stories he writes." Ancient history concerns Milloy's disputing studies on the dangers of second-hand smoke while getting paid as a consultant by Altria, parent company of Philip Morris, at least till last year. The total isn't available, but "a January 2001 Philip Morris budget report lists Milloy as a consultant and shows that he was budgeted for $92,500 in fees and expenses in both 2000 and 2001." And then there's the money from Exxon. "As revealed in Mother Jones last spring, between 2000 and 2003, ExxonMobil donated $90,000 to two nonprofits Milloy operates out of his house in Potomac, Maryland." Any surprise that Milloy calls global warming "junk science"?

This isn't illegal, but it's certainly unethical to present news coverage as "fair and balanced" without disclosing such financial ties.

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