I've never been impressed with American libertarian philosophy, and have found libertarians to range from naive, to hypocritical, to crackpot. But I've added the South Carolina publication The Nerve, founded by the libertarian think tank the South Carolina Policy Council (SCPC) to my required reading list.
The current issue of the Columbia Journalism Review has an article entitled "His boss helped start SC's biggest political scandal. Now this reporter is covering it", about Nerve editor Rick Brundrett, who has been covering the legal and ethical drama involving South Carolina's state Speaker of the House Bobby Harrell.
I won't summarize the details, as the CJR article does a good job reporting them, but the article draws attention to a point of journalistic ethics worth examining. It has been a long-standing principle of ethics in American journalism that bias is a thing to avoid, and that reporters and news organizations should only report on stories, and not become part of the story.
Brundrett has been covering the South Carolina political drama despite the SCPC's direct involvement in the controversy. This runs counter to the mainstream interpretation of the Society of Professional Journalist's Code of Code of Ethics, particularly the principle of acting independently.
But the mainstream interpretation of journalistic ethics may be in need of refinement and re-examination. Eliminating bias is impossible to accomplish. The best that journalist can do is recognize their own bias, or that of their organization, and avoid letting those biases interfere with their committment to filing accurate and complete stories.
As for acting independently, the Nerve is doing cutting edge reporting precisely because of its bias. They don't like government, so they run stories on government abuses. Even from my vantage point on the opposite end of the political spectrum, I see the value of reporting on misconduct by officials. Since I'm aware of the Nerve's political tilt, I can take that into account, and judge their stories by the accuracy of their reporting, and on whether they are presenting a fair and complete picture.