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Kurtz On Grim

Howie Kurtz also writes up last week’s story re: Ryan Grim and the Politico’s disclosure.

Says Tom Riley, from the White House drug policy office:

    “The idea of someone who had been an activist on this now being a staff writer purporting to write about it objectively . . . is ludicrous,” Riley says.

    “It’d be like a lobbyist for Philip Morris going to write about smoking issues for The Post.”

Says Politico Executive Editor John Harris:

    …Grim, who was hired from Washington’s City Paper, has a “reliable record” as a reporter. “There are lot of people at publications who have gone from advocacy jobs in a previous career to non-advocacy roles,” Harris says. “The story was motivated by journalistic interest, not his particular views on the subject.”

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Politico And Disclosure

In Ryan Grim’s story today about the anti-drug campaign program of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, the Politico includes this interesting disclosure:

    Ryan Grim, who wrote today’s story on the anti-drug campaign program of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), previously worked for the Marijuana Policy Project, which lobbies to legalize marijuana. Grim worked at the project from June 2004 until May 2005, a fact that has been on his official bio since he joined Politico.com.

    Grim called the ONDCP for comment for his story early Wednesday. Instead of returning Grim’s call, Tom Riley, the agency’s spokesman, called The Politico’s senior publisher and editor, Martin Tolchin, to point out Grim’s previous work with the Marijuana Policy Project. He then threatened to complain to Washington Post media columnist Howard Kurtz about a conflict of interest.

    The ONDCP did not return Grim’s call Wednesday.