Viveca: Friend of Luskin's, Source or Both?
John Amato of Crooks and Liars has a few questions over at Huffington Post for David Corn who reported on December 2 that Viveca Novak and Robert Luskin were friends, but wrote a day later that Viveca was just a source for Luskin.
I agree that Corn's article yesterday was just a Viveca puff-piece and disappointing. It also didn't solve any mysteries.
When friendship conflicts with reporting, it's not enough to state that you happen to know the person you are writing about. It's important that you also state your bias. Here are some examples from when I've been in that situation:
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