News organizations are wary about getting too close to the people
they cover. Personal or professional entanglements with a source can
compromise reporters’ objectivity and foster perceptions of favoritism
among readers or viewers.
So Politico’s latest house ads raised a few eyebrows around
Washington this week. Among a new batch of promotions for the website
and newspaper one featured Josh Holmes, chief of staff to Senate
minority leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.)