Magazine article Insight on the News

A Letter from the Editor

Magazine article Insight on the News

A Letter from the Editor

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Dear Readers,

Fun and games aside -- and Washington is well-known for shenanigans -- there are certain rules of the road that politicians and even newsmen must follow when it comes to facts. Well, let's leave out the pols and concentrate on the press: It has a responsibility to report accurately and to do so promptly and in context. That's its only job in fact.

What brings this to mind is a story by syndicated columnist Michelle Malkin that appeared in the New York Post on Sept. 21. She reported a case where the very professional groups that claim ethical superiority over the press were themselves guilty of egregious errors in making defamatory remarks about Mike Snyder, a TV news anchorman in Dallas, and then failing to correct them.

Rejecting private apologies, Snyder sued and in mid-September settled the case with stunning admissions of wrongdoing by authors of an ethics manual published by the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) that was used as a teaching aid by the Poynter Institute (PI). …

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