Arthur Brisbane, The New York Times Public Editor (since June of 2010), weighed in over the weekend on the side of increasing disclosure regarding the occupations and sources of income for the authors of opinion editorials. According to Brisbane, "it would be useful if The Times required contributors to provide a document listing all current paid positions, and publish a link to the document." If The Times follows Brisbane's suggestion, the paper would be creating a brand new public record that would assist researchers in vetting experts for bias. Put another way, this additional disclosure would also help researchers attempting to discern the extent to which an expert's current opinion is influenced by their current sources of income.
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