MidWeek Should Have Labeled Amemiya Story An Advertisement

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I missed Denby Fawcett’s column in July about Keith Amemiya’s ad on the cover of MidWeek — apologies, Denby — but found it later after reading the Civil Beat story about the Hawaii Campaign Spending Commission’s ruling.

Although I do think someone crossed a line, I agree with the commission that it wasn’t Amemiya. It was MidWeek publisher Dennis Francis.
As a former editor of MidWeek and a former vice president of the Hawaii Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, I took Dennis Francis’s words in Denby’s column personally. It felt like a kick in the stomach. Just one more hit on the credibility of journalists and journalism.
While it is true, as Francis states, that “[MidWeek] has always been a vehicle for ads,” it is also true that almost all newspapers and magazines are vehicles for ads. It is not, however, true that “MidWeek has never been a newspaper.” Francis put those two sentences together implying there was never journalistic integrity at MidWeek. That is not the case.
The Hawaii Campaign Spending Commission dismissed two complaints over a Keith Amemiya Midweek ad. But MidWeek should have labeled the story an ad.Screenshot
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