Monday, July 24, 2006 | Community papers such as the Mission Times Courier almost always cover the work of their elected representatives, but the relationship of Madaffer to the newspaper gives way to an unavoidable conflictof interest for the paper’s editorial staff. Newsrooms typically evade conflicts by recusing the reporter or, if the conflict is unavoidable, by disclosing any relationships within the article. Sally Ortega Madaffer’s role is prominently displayed in the newspaper’s staff listing. Madsen’s affiliation isn’t disclosed.

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