I’m looking for reader input on whether and when New York Times news reporters should challenge “facts” that are asserted by newsmakers they write about.
He clarifies his search by citing one reader:
If the newspaper’s overarching goal is truth, oughtn’t the truth be embedded in its principal stories? In other words, if a candidate repeatedly utters an outright falsehood (I leave aside ambiguous implications), shouldn’t the Times’s coverage nail it right at the point where the article quotes it?
I think the fact that a news reporter, for the New York Times no less, feels it necessary to ask his readers if they want the truth says more about the sorry state of journalism today than anything ever printed, painted, or uttered about the sorry state of journalism today.
Rob Beschizza over at Boing Boing sums it up best:
Dear New York Times. You may tell the truth about it when people lie. You may even be a “truth vigilante,” as you rather strangely put it. You will be rewarded with subjects that hate you, and readers that love you. Pick a side.
Via Boing Boing.
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