The NY Times ombudsmen offers a critique of the paper’s decision to muzzle its coverage of the Columbia University report in order to get an exclusive. Much reaction to the deal mirrored my own:
Samuel Glasser, a reader in Port Washington, N.Y., who identifies himself as a former reporter and editor with three major newspaper chains, spoke for many: “The idea that editors and reporters would even have to be told not to do such a thing in the first place, let alone that they would ‘forget’ the policy, defies belief.”
He then explains the decision in the larger context of newspapers’ unending quest to be the first to report something. He asks a great quesiton. Why? He might have a point. A profession struggling with credibility issues might want to stress accuracy and ethics over speed.
Of course, this blog is struggling with credibility issues as well. Perhaps I should follow my own advice.