This is very interesting.
The newspaper's letters editor, William Pates, reached at home by telephone, confirmed that he had contributed about $400 to the Kerry campaign but declined to comment on his paper's response. Pates said he had worked for the Chronicle for the past 35 years.
"He's on paid leave while we are investigating. We have not made any judgment at this point as to whether the policy was violated," said editorial page editor John Diaz.
"It would be a concern to have somebody who is involved in selecting letters make what amounts to a public demonstration of support for a particular candidate."
I wonder if other newspapers will follow the Chronicle's lead. There is a slew of editors that demand immediate investigation.