Website plans columns by Corbett, Schwartz

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A website affiliated with Philadelphia’s newspapers is drawing criticism for its decision to publish columns by Gov. Tom Corbett and one of his re-election challengers, U.S Rep. Allyson Schwartz.

In a Friday story in The Philadelphia Inquirer, Philly.com officials said the decision was based on their desire to provide interesting content.

Allessandra Norcross of Interstate General Media, which owns the website as well as the Inquirer and the Philadelphia Daily News, says Philly.com is not a newspaper website and research shows readers do not consider it one.

Candidate Kathleen McGinty she’ll expect equal time if the columns become a regular feature.

Gene Foreman, a former Inquirer managing editor who has written a book about journalistic ethics, says he considers the website a news organization and believes other readers do too.

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