Tuesday, May 17, 2005

So, uh, about NEWSWEEK...

Everyone's talking about the NEWSWEEK problem. We'd call it a scandal, but it's not really that. It's more of a revelation of the inner workings of a MSM magazine, how it covers stories, the standards it uses, etc. Can we assume that other similar mistakes were made in the past? That's probably a safe bet. Have they also caused people to lose their lives? Hard to tell.

A few years ago, when Ari Fleischer said people need to watch what they say, everyone (well, stupid people) thought it signaled us entering a Big Brother phase. But really, this (the NEWSWEEK, uh, thing) is closer to what he was talking about. It's not about getting the story -- it's about getting the story right. That's the responsibility that all journalists have, bloggers included. People's lives are at stake in the war that we're fighting; it's high time that organizations like NEWSWEEK (and reporters like Mike Isikoff) started taking it seriously.


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