THE New York Times, which is usually so scrupulous, failed to alert its readers to a conflict of interest regarding Jeff Gerth, the co-author of “Her Way: The Hopes and Ambitions of Hillary Rodham Clinton.” In an excerpt from the book in the Times’ upcoming Sunday magazine, Gerth is described as “a former investigative reporter for The Times.” It doesn’t mention that Gerth is married to Janice O’Connell, a top foreign policy aide to one of Clinton’s Democratic presidential primary opponents, Sen. Chris Dodd. Political bloggers point out that Ron Brownstein of the Los Angeles Times was taken off the presidential race beat because he’s married to a staffer for John McCain. Instead, he now writes for the L.A. Times opinion page, where his wife’s role is religiously disclosed.
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