Strange times at TWT. On the front of the Commentary section Tuesday was a column by John Solomon on the AP scandal. Solomon is allegedly chief digital officer, a brand new position that was created especially for him at the start of 2013. But he’s not on the masthead. And then there’s that funky ID tagline included in his Tuesday column. It mentions his former employment as editor, but not that he currently works there. Also unmentioned is his affiliation with Washington Guardian, where he is president and executive editor.
It’s a real head scratcher. His ID tagline in TWT reads: “John Solomon, a veteran Washington journalist, is the former executive editor of The Washington Times and onetime deputy Washington bureau chief of The Associated Press.”
Here’s another chunk of weirdness: Solomon’s deputy, Ian Bishop, is on the masthead as digital editor. But not him?
Seems Solomon’s current affiliation should be disclosed. Why wouldn’t it be?
“EVERYTHING is so shady at that place,” a TWT insider told FishbowlDC. “There is such a tangle of conflicts of interests in every direction that those running TWT routinely hide their side projects, affiliations with competitors, and overlapping consultancy arrangements. TWT is run by expensive consultants, but the sinking newspaper doesn’t get a full week of work out of any of them.”
We requested comment from Solomon.
See the column and tagline as it appears in the publication here.