Dulling down

Dulling down
: Nick Denton adds perspective on l’affaire Blair:

Jayson Blair is an exception at the New York Times; his journalistic ‘techniques’ are standard practice among British hacks. And, if I have a complaint about the New York Times, it’s not about accuracy; the newspaper’s dull. Howell Raines was trying to jazz it up. Whether he stays or goes, his external critics and the inhouse reactionaries will be watching. The old, cautious Times used to be known as the Gray Lady. Welcome her back.

  • http://www.bennett.com/blog Richard Bennett

    Denton’s bullshitting. Reporters at the British tabloids – the Mirror and the Sun – make up interviews and embellish stories all the time, but the straight newspapers like The Times and the Guardian don’t do that. Jayson Blair would fit in at the National Enquirer or The Daily Show, but not at any straight daily paper.