Credit where credit is due
: After the newspaper ethics session, I found myself sitting across from Tribune Co. President Jack Fuller (a long-ago colleague) at lunch. I asked whether — thanks to all the newspaper scandals of late and weblogs — the paper was hearing more questioning of accuracy from readers. He said he agreed with how Arthur Sulzberger, Jr., closed the session, saying that the most frightening aspect of these scandals is how few people feel compelled to tell papers of problems. But then he pointed out one case where it made a difference that could have happened only on the net: A veteran foreign correspondent was fired after making up the name, he said, of a source in Australia. Oh, I said, that’s Tim Blair, famous blogger and journalist. He didn’t know that it was a blogger who brought it to their attention. Now he does.
by Jeff Jarvis