As he had done when TII encountered a similar (far less scandalous, but nonetheless embarrasing) dust-up over Microsoft a few years back, Reason's Jacob Sullum cuts to the heart of the matter when it comes to L'Affaire Bandow:
if the worry is that opinion journalists and think tank wonks shave the truth to fit predetermined conclusions, the focus on money seems misplaced. While it's reasonable to expect disclosure of an ongoing financial arrangement or of payments like those Doug Bandow accepted, ideology and partisan loyalties are far more likely to color a pundit's presentation of the evidence than financial considerations. If a writer is intellectually dishonest, it ultimately does not matter whether his motive is politics or money. A financial disclosure in the author ID may remind people to be skeptical of what they read on op-ed pages, but that's good advice in any case.