Thu, Jan. 12th, 2012, 01:19 pm
open letter to the new york times

In respose to the latest entry in the Public Editor's Journal:  Correcting any falsehood uttered by any public official is a small justice that must be done by any responsible journalist.  You ask, "How can the Times do this in a way that is objective and fair?"  My answer is: don't sweat it.  Any reasonable person who cares about objectivity and fairness will be in the ballpark.  If you don't get it right, readers will let you know, and you'll work to improve it.  Just start doing it now, because this can't wait any longer.

I am forced to add that i do not care for the phrase "truth vigilante"; it implies that there is an official authority for the truth.  There is none.  We must all be vigilant of the truth, but whenever a newspaper reports a falsehood, it is failing at its job, which is to inform and not to misinform.

Fri, Jan. 13th, 2012 12:54 am (UTC)
(Anonymous)

It's the fucking internet. We don't "run out of space."

And if they run out of time calling politicos on bullshit, then They've Done A Good Job.