Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Reporter writes highly critical article about her experience working for the McCain campaign - but doesn't disclose she is an Obama donor

Reporter Margriet Oostveen wrote an article published September 13th in the newspaper NRC Handelsblad about her experience as a volunteer in the McCain campaign. Her article, highly critical of McCain campaign techniques, has been picked up by various media, and was published today in Salon.
Oostveen claims she was put to work as a "ghost writer" writing pro-McCain letters to the editor. She says Phil Tuchman at the McCain campaign told the letter-writing volunteers they could lie in their letters.
"You can be whoever you want to be," says an inviting Phil Tuchman. "You can be a beggar or a millionaire. A mom or a husband. Whatever. You decide!"
Ostveen admits she wrote a letter to the editor falsely claiming she had a son in Iraq.

Can you trust What Oostveen said about her experience working for the McCain campaign?
I don't know. But she failed to disclose she is a supporter of Barack Obama.

According to this site, Oostveen donated $351 to Barack Obama in quarter 2 of 2008.

Should Oostveen have disclosed her support for Barack Obama? Yes, because that would help readers evaluate her credibility.

Hat tip: Romenesko

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Believe it or not the story is true. Phil Tuchman is a 22 year old living in Bethesda, MD - a recent graduate of UMD. I happen to know him and he confirmed the story for me.

You can message him on Facebook and he'll probably reply to you...

He's not even a paid staff member of the campaign, just a volunteer.