Saturday, April 02, 2005

Did the NYT Sacrifice Journalistic Ethics for a Story?

The New York Times apparently accepted a deal to gain early access to a Columbia University report on campus anti-Semitism. The deal required the Times not to interview students. According to a student editor:
If the Spectator [ed. note: a student newspaper] were to run a story that only included the administration's opinion, Greenwell said "that’s not journalism, that’s a university press release." Greenwell added, "that the Times did not live up to our fairly obvious standard is very disappointing to me…as aspiring professional journalists, we hold the Times in the highest regard."
I suggest to the student editor and all others that holding the New York Times in the highest regard is a mistake in judgment. (Hat Tip to LGF.)

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