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Here is what is important to know about the NYTimes’ conflict of interest re: White House coverage:

The Times’ two lead WH correspondents are Maggie Haberman and Glenn Thrush.

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Ostensibly, Haberman and Thrush are being paid to provide unvarnished reporting on the Trump White House - whether that coverage be flattering or unflattering.

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However, at the very same time, Haberman and Thrush are being paid by Random House to write a book about Trump - which requires them to remain in good enough graces to have inside access to the Trump White House.

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This is like a restaurant critic having a side deal to write a book about one of the restaurants they’re reviewing.

If they write a review the restaurant owner doesn’t like, there goes their access for the book...

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If they write a review the restaurant owner will like, there goes their objectivity.

Journalists cannot be beholden to their subjects.

Thrush and Haberman now are.

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For as long as the Times allows this to continue, bear this in mind.

Every article by Haberman and Thrush is written with the taint of trying to serve two masters instead of just one: the public.

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