I don’t know that the rule is necessary at all any more. Not when the corporations paying the salaries of their employees are probably shelling out more money on lobbying than they do on those very salaries. And not when the false-equivalence meme rages on, painting the political operation known as “Fox News” and the legitimate news organization MSNBC with the same brush.
I agree with Rachel. Keith didn’t know of, or ignored, the rule in his contract. He was caught out. He was punished. That’s appropriate. Now, if the law is onerous or injust, change it, even if you have to apply it to people that shouldn’t necessarily be punished while it’s still in effect. Either that, or make it something that actually affects other organizations, like Fox Pravda, to fix the hypocrisy within the news media.