Morning Shows Take Different Approaches on Disclosure

By Andrew Gauthier 

The New York Times

NBC’s “Today” show made it through a week of coverage of the White House party crashers without once mentioning the couples business arrangement with NBCs sister cable channel, Bravo.

Nor has any NBC News executive so far acknowledged that it may have been either a mistake or a disservice to viewers not to inform them of the connection when interviewing the couple, Michaele and Tareq Salahi, or reporting on the investigation into their uninvited appearance at a White House state dinner.

In contrast, the Fox News Channel on Friday took an internal step to criticize both a host and producer of its morning show, “Fox and Friends,” over a failure to disclose a connection involving an interview subject.

In this case the subject was Derek Jeter of the Yankees, who was interviewed Wednesday morning by the host Gretchen Carlson. Ms. Carlson lavished praise on the Yankee shortstop in the interview, saying among other things that Mr. Jeter “seems to do everything right.”

But Ms. Carlson did not disclose the fact that her husband, Casey Close, is Mr. Jeter’s agent. More…