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Fiore’s iPad Rejection Harbinger of Bigger Story

UPDATED It’s been more than a week since I asked a number of news organizations, chiefly the New York Times, to answer a few questions about their relationships with Apple. Specifically, I asked the Times to discuss what has become

Posted in Freedom of Speech, Freedom to Create, Media Business, Transparency

Complicating Relationships in Media: Apple, NY Times Dealings Raise Questions

UPDATED Recent days have reminded me of the many traits Apple and the New York Times share. Both are the best at what they do in certain domains. Each is emphatically elitist, and, in varying ways, self-confident to the point

Posted in Business Models, Principles, Transparency

Politico’s Lame Excuse for Posting Unverified Memo

Politico, the website devoted to all things political, almost certainly got pwned by scam artists Friday when it posted an unverified memo — a probable hoax — about health care. It’s an embarrassment for journalists who fall for fakery, but

Posted in Accuracy, Bad journalism, Principles, Transparency

Discussing Apple’s Control-Freakery on Canadian Radio

Nora Young hosts CBC Radio’s “Spark” program, and we chatted the other day about Apple and its controlling ways.

Posted in Business Models, Freedom of Speech, Freedom to Read, Principles

The Old Guard Misses, Again, the Emerging Journalism Ecosystem

John Darnton is a good novelist, and was a superb journalist in a long career at the New York Times. Now he’s curator of the Polk Awards, one of only a couple of journalism prizes that means anything. (Journalists have

Posted in Principles

There are No ‘Spoilers’ in News

UPDATED NY Times Public Editor: The Olympics? Don’t Tell Me: “‘Could you please ask the editor of the front Web page to not name the winners within the headlines/sub-headlines?’ asked Ken Waters of Phoenix. Matt Gooch of Harrisonburg, Va. said

Posted in Media Business, Transparency

When the “Writer” Isn’t: Ghost Writing for Editorial Pages

UPDATED Today’s Washington Post editorial pages feature an “op-ed” column entitled Sarah Palin on the politicization of the Copenhagen climate conference. Never mind that the column is full of falsehoods; the Post and most other papers often run letters, op-ed

Posted in Accuracy, Transparency, Trust

Week 7 of Washington Post’s Failure to Correct Major Error

More than seven weeks since it ran an editorial based on a false premise, the Washington Post has neither acknowledged nor corrected its mistake. Shameful.

Posted in Accuracy, Transparency

Journalism’s Slow, Sad Suicide

Michael Gerson, former chief speechwriter for George W. Bush and now one of the Washington Post’s assemblage of conservative columnists, bemoans today what his headline writer calls “journalism’s slow, sad death.” It’s yet another paean to the demise of monopoly/oligopoly

Posted in Accuracy, Principles

That Hallowed Standard of Accuracy: Oops

(UPDATE: Since I posted this on Nov. 24, the two misspellings in the newspaper column discussed below have been corrected, without a hint (in the online version, anyway) that there was ever a mistake in the first place. The other inaccuracies

Posted in Accuracy, Principles

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