New-ish Orange County Register owner Aaron Kushner has made national news recently for aggressively hiring reporters at a time when most dailies continue to lay off staff. But he also raised the eyebrows of media watchers by telling his staffers that he doesn't believe in the old journalistic adage of "comforting the afflicted and afflicting the comfortable." Is he ushering in a new era of soft journalism, or is he just following the Orange County tradition of protecting the high-and-mighty?
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