Copley Axes Bandow’s Column in Payola Scandal

By: Dave Astor

Responding to revelations that its columnist, Doug Bandow, had taken pay-for-play, Copley News Service has suspended his column.

“We are suspending Doug Bandow’s column immediately,” Glenda Winders, vice president and editor of Copley News Service, told E&P this afternoon.

“We want to make sure we have all the facts before we take final action, but it has never been our policy to distribute work paid for by third parties whose role is not disclosed by the columnist.”

Bandow has admitted that he took thousands of dollars from indicted lobbyist Jack Abramoff to write columns favorable to his clients. He resigned from the Cato Institute yesterday and apologized for his “lapse of judgment.”

National Society of Newspaper Columnists President Suzette Martinez Standring told E&P that what Bandow did “isn’t a lapse in judgment, it’s soul-selling.” She added, “With so much practice at tweaking copy for others, I’m sure the advertising industry will welcome him.”

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