Philly Daily News ombud defends columnist’s ties to Media Matters

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Fox News recently posted a story about Philadelphia Daily News columnist Will Bunch “moonlighting as a Media Matters activisttweeting in support of the [Occupy Wall Street] protests while writing about them.” He told the Fox reporter that “I’ve always written about the media, criticizing the media a lot from a progressive point of view [and] I think my editors are really proud to have someone writing with a point of view.” Daily News public editor Richard Aregood says he isn’t troubled by Bunch’s relationship with Media Matters because “as a reader, I know where Bunch is coming from, just as I know where Sean Hannity is coming from.” He adds:

There is, however, another question, one that FoxNews.com only hinted at. Can a reporter have opinions, strong ones, and still be credible on hard news? I believe that’s possible, and know that Bunch knows the difference.

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  • Anonymous

    What’s funny about this is that if this were the old Media Matter – the one that simply laid out the bare facts behind cases of right-wing media propaganda – this might not be an issue at all. But since Media Matters has itself become basically a propaganda operation — and a rather shrill one at that — it is de facto “activist.” 

  • Anonymous

    Hey, it’s Polly! Hi Polly! 

  • Anonymous

    Another MSM activist/journalist exposed as paid shill for the greater George Soros network? Nothing to see here. Move along.

  • Anonymous

    He did more than just shill for Media Muddles. He engaged in advocacy in favor of Occupy Wall Street — while writing about it.

    This stinks.

    -bm

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=528171491 Anonymous

    Yes, it was in great need of “exposing” … like in this public announcement that is 20 months old:

    http://mediamatters.org/press/releases/201002160026

  • Anonymous

    Media Matters is an activist organization. It doesn’t surprise me Bunch moonlights for them. He and the Inq should be embarrassed — but maybe they are incapable of shame.

    So glad this got exposed. Bunch is one of the more hysterical leftists in the media.

    -bm