23 February 2008

Clueless at the Times

Jay Rosen:

While any story like this says to readers, "trust us, we're the New York Times," this one puts the Times reputation more completely on the line because there is virtually nothing else for us to trust than the rectitude of the people running the paper.
Jeff Jarvis:
They can’t be that clueless, can they? They can’t be that bad at understanding news and politics, public opinion and media, surely. So are they merely trying to spin us? Are they embarrassed at what they did?
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The real elephant in the room: This was bad journalism.
UPDATE: Although I think the NYT editors and journalists involved in this story demonstrated poor news judgment and have offered credibility-damaging defenses, it's important to note how different the NYT is from 5 years ago and recognize the credibility-enhancing processes they have put in place.

I think some the impact of the Siegal Reports can be clearly seen here.
The NYT should be embarrassed by the McCain story, but take pride in their public engagement.

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