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.)

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