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  • Boston Globe to address columnist John Sununu’s outside interests

    WGBH - 08/25/2015

    Last week the liberal media watchdog group Media Matters for America published its latest post on the many conflicts of Boston Globe columnist John E. Sununu, a former Republican senator and the son of former New Hampshire governor John Sununu.

    Now the Globe’s editorial-page editor, Ellen Clegg, says she’s dealing with Sununu in several ways:

    • By posting in the near future biographies of Sununu and other freelance columnists that disclose their outside interests.
    • By reaching an understanding with Sununu that he will not write about cable and Internet access.
    • By requiring a specific disclosure within his column whenever he writes about the presidential campaign. (Sununu is a prominent supporter of Ohio Gov. John Kasich.)

    “It’s safe to say that few freelance columnists make their living solely from writing for newspapers these days, so most have other jobs or consultancies,” Clegg told me by email. “We want to be more transparent with our readers about the nature of columnists’ work and affiliations.”

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