By Jim Schutze
By Rachel Watts
By Lauren Drewes Daniels
By Anna Merlan
By Lee Escobedo
By Eric Nicholson
The A.H. Belo Foundation has given $75,000 to the college. Decherd even gave the 1995 graduation address. And is it really an accident that the News races to publish something every time someone at Paul Quinn spits in the right direction?
In its own ethics code, Belo recognizes the dangers of conflict of interest--and the appearance of conflict. Avoiding conflicts isn't a nicety or convenience--it's to protect the paper's credibility, to assure the work is above ethical reproach. In a one-daily town, such appearances are especially important.
What's utterly bewildering, and so shabbily hypocritical, is that, at the A.H. Belo Corp., the ethical guidelines appear to apply to everyone--except the men at the top.