Judging from this article and this editorial, The Bangor Daily News seems to have arrived at a reasonable response to the conflict-of-interest that exists given Executive Editor Mark Woodward's ties to Sen. Collins.
Reading the two pieces, one learns:
--Woodward is not involved in formulating the paper's editorial positions.So that's good to know.
--Woodward "has asked five newsroom editors to investigate the conflict-of-interest issue, and report on whether any changes are needed."
--Editorial page editor Todd Benoit believes that, "A newspaper has a responsibility to build in safeguards against conflicts, and one way it does this is to announce their potential. Another...is for editors to recuse themselves from covering certain stories to deflect even the potential of a potential conflict of interest.
It must be said that Benoit's column--which manages to sound haughty and defensive at the same time--knocks down a number of straw men and makes a number of dubious points on the way to basically the right conclusion. (Hint: "Our spouses have to work somewhere" isn't a terribly persuasive defense.)
So let's hope this isn't all just lip service.
But it's Labor Day Weekend--why nitpick? This is definitely a step in the right direction.