Director, Commonwealth Policy Center

A news story criticized  the governor's recent board appointment to the executive branch ethics commission. They didn't like that the appointee made a donation to his campaign. They also implied that since the commission is made up of a majority of his recent appointments, it won't be fair.  Truth is, previous governors appointed people who donated to their campaigns. It's also true that each governor will have a majority on the Commission at some point. Now, there were no previous news stories about these two important facts.  Either there is a double standard or it's sloppy journalism. The executive branch ethics commission serves as a watchdog to hold constitutional officers  accountable. This is good. But the questions now is: who holds the media accountable for objective and fair reporting?