The New York Times bureau chief in Jerusalem has a son who joined the Israeli Defense Forces. Should he be reassigned out of concern for potential bias in reporting? The paper’s ombudsman argues yes, while the paper’s editor vociferously disagrees. Good case study for journalism ethics. I agree with Keller. He points out that an ex-Marine is covering the war in Afghanistan. He may have a bias, but you wouldn’t know it from his reporting.
On another note, some people say that Public Editor Clark Hoyt too often carries water for his own newspaper. I think this column proves he’s not afraid to challenge the leadership of the New York Times.