Something’s brewing at The Tennessean

Former City Paper editor Clint Brewer, who more recently ran the Tennessee Center for Policy Research, will become the next political editor of The Tennessean.

Congratulations, Mr. Brewer. Though some feel that this move signals a “shift to the right” in the newspaper’s editorial stance, I don’t see how hiring a government “watchdog” to oversee political reporting can be anything but good. Regardless of the personal views of a given reporter, the best political journalism is that which is unafraid to call out cronyism, waste, fraud, and incompetence, no matter with which party label the perpetrator is plastered.

Bruce Barry has more, and references a recent Jay Rosen post that has plenty to say about ideology in journalism.

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