Not in the clamor of the crowded street, not in the shouts and plaudits of the throng, but in ourselves, are triumph and defeat.--Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
REDIRECT ALERT! (Scroll down past this mess if you're trying to read an archived post. Thanks. No, really, thanks.)
Due to my inability to control my temper and complacently accept continued silliness with not-quite-as-reliable-as-it-ought-to-be Blogger/Blogspot, your beloved Possumblog will now waddle across the Information Dirt Road and park its prehensile tail at http://possumblog.mu.nu.
This site will remain in place as a backup in case Munuvia gets hit by a bus or something, but I don't think they have as much trouble with this as some places do. ::cough::blogspot::cough:: So click here and adjust your links. I apologize for the inconvenience, but it's one of those things.
Friday, February 20, 2004
'Wash. Post' Issues New Rules for Sources, Quotes WOW! Now THIS is news! Quotes from people will no longer be "quotes"! The article goes on at some length about other changes--editorial knowledge of the identity of confidential sources, revised guidelines for source attribution and datelines, and a revision on how corrections are made: Rather than merely stating "we collectively screwed up", in the interest of full disclosure, it might be better to give the public some idea of how the error was made. It seems that an awful lot of trouble is being gone to to insulate the organization from the consequences of the errors committed by only one or two people. This would be fine if a similar editorial stance was taken toward the subjects being covered--the press, and the WaPo in particular, go into a feeding frenzy whenever there is a failure in any sort of process--the Space Shuttle crash, WMD intelligence, corporate fraud--and seem to have a pathological desire to root out individuals to blame and excoriate. Again, if that's the game you want to play, fine, but don't hold yourself to a less stringent standard when reporting your own failings.
People might not trust you that way.
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