The Washington Examiner‘s Editorial Page editor Mark Tapscott recently penned a story on Craig Shirley’s dispute that the late President Ronald Reagan‘s showed signs of Alzheimer’s Disease while in office. Peculiarly missing from his story is that Shirley’s company, Shirley & Banister, does PR for the Examiner. Yes, Tapscott, that Shirley.
Tapscott has written glowingly on Shirley before — sometimes mentioning the publicity aspect to his relationship with the newspaper, sometimes not. In April 2010 he described him as the “author of two of the best books on Ronald Reagan’s rise to the White House.” No mention. Later in the piece, he deemed the books as “excellent.” But that wasn’t the first time that Tapscott cooed about Shirley. He wrote about him in November 2009. In that piece, he acknowledged that Shirley’s company handled publicity for the newspaper.
Tapscott met Shirley in 1980. We get it. That’s a multitude of years to respect and admire a man.
Better still? One of Tapscott’s areas of expertise is transparency…
From Tapscott’s bio: Tapscott was inducted into the National Freedom of Information Act Hall of Fame in Mach 2006 and has been recognized by the National Press Foundation for his contributions to journalism education. He has testified before committees of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives on FOIA and other transparency-in-government issues,and he has appeared on FOX News and CNN on these issues and others as well. He is a member of the board of directors of the Media Bloggers Association and an advisor to NewsTrust.net. He has been recognized by the National Press Foundation for his contributions to journalism education.