What others are suggesting, not myself ;):
Andrew Mitrovica, a journalism instructor at Sheridan College, near Toronto, says that agreement raises questions about Duffy's political leanings in the past. Mitrovica, a former investigative reporter for the Globe and Mail, said Duffy should have turned down the offer.
"Mike Duffy and I are friends. We've exchanged e-mails on a number of issues. But I feel Mr. Duffy has made a terrible choice here, a terrible choice," he said.
Stephen Ward, a former political reporter who later went on to head the Centre for Journalism Ethics at the University of B.C., said he believes journalists have a right to accept Senate appointments. However, he added Monday's events will prompt valid questions about the relationships both journalists had prior to their appointment.
"Did one, or both of them, [act] nicely to the sitting prime minister or to the Conservatives to be favoured with this appointment?" he said. "It's a legitimate public issue. I don't think Mr. Duffy was hanging around Mr. Harper looking for a Senate appointment. But I do think people wonder."
Christopher Waddell, a journalism professor at Ottawa's Carleton University, says the timing of the offer is an important piece of the puzzle.
"It's always the same thing, which is when were you approached and how much time were you seriously considering it and what were you doing during that period when you were seriously considering another job offer," he said.
National Post editorial:
'Long-time CTV Parliament Hill journalist Mike Duffy is an exceptional selection"