Saturday, September 8, 2007

Woodward Recuses Himself

From the Bangor Daily News:

Two editors at the Bangor Daily News with close ties to candidates vying for a U.S. Senate seat in the 2008 election have recused themselves from dealing with any aspect of the paper’s coverage of the campaign for the duration of the race.

Executive editor Mark Woodward and assignment editor Tim Allen took the action this week after conferring with fellow editors about apparent conflicts of interest the two have...

"Although my wife and I have only the same stake in the outcome of this election as any other Maine voters, and nothing more, the appearance of having a conflict can be damaging to the integrity and credibility of the newspaper," Woodward said. "Our newspaper's role in the campaign is to report the news, not be part of it. For Tim and me to step out of the news process in this campaign is only common sense."

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