The Interested Journalist

How do we disentangle the politics of leading journalists from their politically engaged spouses? CJR raises the question:

Rainey singles out the Los Angeles Times' political reporter Ronald Brownstein, who is married to Sen. John McCain's spokeswoman; Matt Cooper, a former Time writer and current Washington editor for the still-not-launched Portfolio magazine, who is married to a strategist for Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's presidential campaign; Nina Easton, Fortune's Washington bureau chief and Fox News analyst, who is married to a McCain media strategist; and NBC's Campbell Brown, who is hitched to Republican flack Dan Senor, who recently turned down a job with the Mitt Romney campaign, to avoid the appearance of a conflict.

Maybe you shouldn't cover a campaign if your spouse is working for one of the candidates. Or disclose it in every piece you file.