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Thursday, August 25, 2005

MEDIA BIAS: MEMO TO BILL KELLER; Here's Three More Examples of Why The New York Times' Credibility is Shot

Col. Thomas Spoehr had some genuine good news from Iraq. Your reporter Michael Moss wanted a bad news story instead. World Jewish Review contributor Jack Kelly explains it all here.

Here's another thought: What happens when the Blogosphere starts routinely calling people quoted by the Times to ask them if the newspaper got it right?

HT: Instapundit


Roger Piekle Sr, a Colorado State University professor, is quoted on Coloradoan.com explaining that The New York Times "mischaracterized" his reasons for resigning from a team advising the Bush administration on global warming issues.

"'The reference to my perspective and to the reasons I resigned from the committee are mischaracterized and erroneous in The New York Times article,'" Pielke said in an online posting on a departmental Web log, or blog, called Climate Science.

"'I was very disappointed that The New York Times so badly mischaracterized my perspective, but fortunately we now have blogs so that errors can be corrected, and I've posted my response there,' Pielke said in an e-mail statement sent from Tucson, Ariz., where he is attending a conference, after speaking with the Coloradoan by telephone."

This is beginning to look like a new trend in Blogosphere journalism.


Now comes blogger Rick Richman of Jewish Current Issues with a scathing analysis of how the Times sliced and diced a recent interview with Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice, including her remarks about Israel's withdrawal of settlements from the Gaza Strip and the West Bank. Be sure and note that Richman links to the transcript of the interview so that readers can judge for themselves how the Times treated her quotes.


At least one of these examples has something of a happy ending. Steve Outing has the full details of the correction tendered Professor Pielke by Times reporter Andrew Revkin. Outing draws the right conclusion about this episode:

"I don't know about you, but I find this public exchange quite remarkable -- though these days it's becoming more commonplace. The way we practice journalism has changed significantly when what in the past would have been a private exchange between an annoyed source and a reporter is part of the public record. This is the "transparency" that we so often talk about as being a hallmark of journalism in the Internet era."

Outing is editor of The Poynter Institute's E-Tidbits. Yes, that Poynter, of the MSM.