According to Time Warner’s Standards of Business Conduct (CNN is a Time Warner subsidiary), employees are to avoid conflicts of interest. While they do not address the particulars of journalists being honored by an advocacy group, The New York Times’ “Policy on Ethics in Journalism,” for example, offers clear guidelines for such circumstances: “Staff members may not enter local, national or international competitions sponsored by individuals or groups who have a direct interest in the tenor of our coverage.”
The question of whether Marrapodi should accept the award sparked some Twitter responses — some humorous, some serious — from fellow religion writers.
Michelle Boorstein of the Washington Post said:
It depends, does he get a huge amount of money? #kidding
That actually is a good question. Based on my reading of the award news release, I don’t see that the honor carries a cash prize.
Becket is not primarily an anti gay rights group as that report claims
Former GetReligionista Sarah Pulliam Bailey of Religion News Service said: