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The state of journalistic integrity

Smart v. Stupid: Bloggers seldom have the benefit of an editor, but one has to wonder if it would have made any difference to Andrew Breitbart, the man who published the salacious snip of a speech by USDA employee Shirley Sherrod, then labeled her a racist. The next day, we all found out that she was exactly the opposite of what he’d claimed.... Read more»

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Jul 26, 2010, 3:03 pm
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Don`t like being critical but why would it take an editor to ensure you used the correct word, resigned, rather than the incorrect word, fired, given the critical distinction between the two words?
Speaking of ethics, obviously Breithbart is a scumbag (assuming you used the right words in this column) but why didn`t you also point out the obvious ethical failings of Ms. Sherrod`s employer, the President and the Federal Govt bureaucrats?

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Jul 26, 2010, 4:37 pm
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I think the poor word choice may have had something to do with the fact that Dave Weigel resigned in order to avoid being fired. It is, however, still an important distinction. I think all of this illustrates an underlying problem. The ever increasing speed of our lives, combined with “real-time"communication applications such as Twitter and instant-messaging, has created a culture where people react without taking the time to do any real critical thinking. A good editor basically provides an extra accountability check along the way.

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Jul 27, 2010, 7:23 pm
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Interesting conversation guys, but you are all missing the point. Ethics have nothing to do with our current situation. FOX NEWS ( owned by international “news” mogul Murdoch and 10% by a Saudi Prince ) is of course, not news, but propaganda. We have long since been complicit in the forfeiture of our democracy. How do you like it now that the corporations are running things? The time has past when simply talking about such things even makes the slightest difference. Do something or shut-up. You too Zuma. The nobility of the fourth estate ( which I was raised to revere, by one of our greatest generation, still extant ) is long dead. Bill Moyers just retired, and David Broncachio was just run off; I can’t think of any others I wouldn’t rather punch than speak to.

Robert Alexander Dumas

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Jul 27, 2010, 7:32 pm
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OOOOh,

I almost forgot to say the first thing that came to mind, which is always the purest thought.

This is a story about a middle aged black woman from the deep South…......being accused of….wait for it….racism.

Get a clue people.

Robert Alexander Dumas

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