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 activist -- tweeting 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.