Former ABC News president David Westin, in making the media rounds to plug his book, Exit Interview, revived the controversy on his post 9/11 decision that his network’s journalists not wear American flag pins in lapels, observes Grumpy Editor.
Other networks, broadcast and cable, have had no problem with journalists wearing flag pins.
CNN host Howard Kurtz asked Westin about his thinking on the issue.
Westin, who left ABC News in December, 2010, explained that “we'd long had a policy at ABC News that we wouldn't let people wear any lapel pins of any sort, the theory being when you're reporting the news, you should be reporting the news, not taking a position.
“And I said quickly, 'We're going to stick with our policy and stand by that.' And I believe to this day that was the right decision.”