Truth Vigilante of the Day: Asks New York Times public editor Arthur S. Brisbane: Should the Times “challenge ‘facts’ that are asserted by newsmakers they write about”?
“Duh doy,” answers everyone. (Some more poignantly than others.)
But Brisbane claims readers who are rushing to capitalize every letter in the word “yes” are missing his point.
“Of course, The Times should print the truth, when it can be found, and fact-check,” he tells Romenesko. “I was also hoping to stimulate a discussion about the difficulty of selecting which ‘facts’ to rebut, facts being troublesome things that seem to shift depending on the beholder’s perspective.”
Fair enough. So how about we start by rebutting the “facts” that are wrong based on the fact that they’re not right and work our way down from there.