Ronald Kessler shows once again how he earned that Robert Novak Journalist of the Year Award from the American Conservative Union earlier this year -- by fluffing ACU chief David Keene.
Kessler's Aug. 2 Newsmax column gives Keene free rein to bash President Obama as "on the verge of being an unelectable president like Jimmy Carter." Kessler fawningly describes Keene as "one of the country’s most astute political observers" and touts how the ACU "1 million members" and "runs the annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Washington."Kessler, of course, doesn't mention that Keene gave him that prestigious award at this year's CPAC.
Such lack of disclosure is considered a breach of journalistic ethics -- but then, adhering to ethics isn't why Kessler got that award.