Sunday, August 2, 2009

An Explanation from The NYTimes

Error-prone Alessandra Stanley>

The New York Times' Public Editor, Clark Hoyt, has a column this a.m. explaining the major meltdown on Alessandra Stanley's obit of Walter Cronkite recently and it's a doozie, full of the kind of embarrassing detail many would deign to publish about themselves and their product. It is an admirable confession.

Hoyt concludes with this: "Looking back at it all — a critic making mistakes in haste, editors failing to vet her work enough, a story sitting for weeks without attention and then being rushed through — one sees how small missteps lead to big trouble, leaving readers to wonder what they can trust."

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