It's worthy of note that sometimes reporters have been removed from coverage over perceived "conflicts" that would affect objectivity. An open lesbian was relieved of duties in a Tacoma, WA paper in 1996 in a case that a court allowed.
Some people have criticized the media for covering Whitney Houston and other celebrities (when alive) with serious drug problems and then not intervening to help them. CNN aired a quarrel between Nancy Grace and Lew Abrams over this point.
This incident led to a "news story about a news story" that indeed leads bloggers like me into a lot of correlated areas.
Update: March 27
Check the Washington Post March 26, story by Paul Fahri, about Bethesda Chevy-Chase High School's pulling copies of its student newspaper over this incident, here.
Picture: Blue Blazer Still, in Catoctin Mts Maryland, site of a famous raid during Prohibition.