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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”?
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.
From the New York Times: “Jill Abramson, a former investigative reporter and Washington bureau chief for The New York Times, will become the paper’s executive editor, succeeding Bill Keller, who is stepping down to become a full-time writer for the paper.”
“Keller will now head up the Times’ tech team’s coverage of the burgeoning social media industry, with a focus on the social implications of sites like Facebook and Twitter.”
Bill Keller with a full-time tech role! Interesting. (Ed: not really. but that would be awesome.) Also: go women. About time.
1) The Equivocators: These headlines present a hypothesis, but then get squirrely about going out on a limb and cover their bases. The two most common manifestations are “Something can be good, but also bad” and “Something is new, but also old.” Whatever form they take, these titles always remind me of the “Simpsons” Halloween episode in which an evil alien presidential candidate proclaims “Abortions for some, miniature American flags for others.”
- “Wise for Some Restaurants, Coupons Are a Drain at Others”
- “Diving Into the Past, but Definitely Still in the Present”
- “Job Hunting Is, and Isn’t, What It Used to Be”
2) The Maureen Dowd: These are easy to write. Simply mush together a bunch of slangy, pop-culture references into a semi-sensical pseudo-sentence that vaguely reminds you of a commercial jingle or movie title from the latter half of the 20th century.