July 2007: 'Silverstein's essay is intended both to defend his use of deception in reporting this story and to condemn those journalists who eschew the possibility of using some form of lying. Silverstein said he expects the targets of his investigation -- the lobbyists who were willing to sell their services -- to challenge his methods. But he was disappointed at the criticism of Washington Post media columnist Howard Kurtz, "who was apparently far less concerned by the lobbyists' ability to manipulate public and political opinion than by my use of undercover journalism."'http://www.poynter.org/column.asp?id=67&aid=126110
Role Name Type Last Updated Employee/Freelancer/Contractor (past or present) Washington Post Source Aug 24, 2009
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Date Fairness.com Resource Read it at: Aug 24, 2009 Journalists, Left Out of Debate: Few Americans Seem to Hear Health Care Facts (Media Notes)
QUOTE: The crackling, often angry debate over health-care reform has severely tested the media's ability to untangle a story of immense complexity.
Washington Post Aug 22, 2009 Ridge's Telling Tale, or Just Another Tell-All?
QUOTE: There is something about the Beltway culture that seems to discourage protest resignations. Instead, the well-worn path is to collect your grievances, find a publisher, hit the talk-show circuit and recast yourself as a painfully honest critic of the administration you once saluted.
Washington Post Jul 25, 2009 Military and Media Clash In Complaint: Navy Spokesman Alleges Abuse by Miami Reporter
QUOTE: The extraordinary complaint shines a light on the sometimes bruising battles between journalists, who sometimes must scratch and claw for information, and government officials, who attempt just as tenaciously to control information provided to news organizations.
Washington Post Sep 24, 2007 New York Times Says It Violated Policies Over MoveOn Ad
QUOTE: After two weeks of denials, the New York Times acknowledged that it should not have given a discount to MoveOn.org for a full-page advertisement assailing Gen. David H. Petraeus.
Washington Post Aug 30, 2007 For Idaho Paper And Reporter, Craig Story Posed a Moral Dilemma
QUOTE: The kind of dilemma facing the Statesman has played out repeatedly in recent years as news organizations have grappled with secondhand accounts about political figures and questionable sexual conduct.
Washington Post Jul 06, 2007 Lying in the Name of Truth: When Is It Justified for Journalists?
QUOTE: It's one of the age-old debates in journalism circles. Can a journalist tell a lie to reveal the bad behavior of others? Or, put another way, when might a journalist obscure the truth of his identity in pursuit of the truth on a story?
Poynter Online Jun 30, 2007 Undercover, under fire: The Washington press corps is too busy cozying up to the people it covers to get at the truth.
QUOTE: In exchange for fees of up to $1.5 million a year, [lobbyists I met at Cassidy & Associates and APCO] offered to send congressional delegations to Turkmenistan and write and plant opinion pieces in newspapers under the names of academics and think-tank experts they would recruit .... Now, in a fabulous bit of irony, my article about the unethical behavior of lobbying firms has become, for some in the media, a story about my ethics in reporting the story.
Los Angeles Times Oct 05, 2006 Tribune Co. Ousts LA Times Publisher
QUOTE: [Jeffrey Johnson--Ed.] The publisher of the Los Angeles Times, who became a folk hero in media circles for refusing to make budget cutbacks demanded by the parent Tribune Co., was pushed out today and replaced by the chief executive of the Chicago Tribune.
Washington Post Jul 27, 2006 Liberals and Israel
QUOTE: most of the lefty blogs are avoiding the Middle East war...conservatives are ramping up the argument that there's a game of camouflage going on, and the back-and-forth is revealing.
Washington Post Jul 24, 2006 The War of Images
QUOTE: the very technology that enables reporters to show footage of a Lebanese father soon after his young son has been killed by a bomb blast carries not just an emotional punch but the power to distort the overall picture.
Washington Post May 19, 2006 The Corporate Brush-Off
QUOTE: Who out there has not had the infuriating experience of dealing with rude or indifferent agents of phone, computer, banking, Internet, health care and insurance companies?
Washington Post May 03, 2006 The Politics of Leaking
QUOTE: There's a principle here, that journalists should have the right to ferret out information they deem to be in the public interest, even if it's against the law for sources to provide that information. But to be equally candid, people--even including journalists--applaud the leaks they like and denounce the leaks they detest.
Washington Post Apr 25, 2006 A New Round of McCarthyism
QUOTE: Whether McCarthy is ultimately found to be one of Priest's sources is beside the point in terms of the larger debate. Priest assembled that story from sources with access to classified information, and they are all vulnerable to firing or prosecution
Washington Post Apr 21, 2006 L.A. Times Yanks Columnist's Blog
QUOTE: The Los Angeles Times suspended the blog of one of its top columnists last night, saying he violated the paper's policy by posting derogatory comments under an assumed name.
Washington Post Apr 21, 2006 Los Angeles Times Yanks Columnist's Blog: Hiltzik Accused of Using Pseudonyms
QUOTE: The Los Angeles Times suspended the blog of one of its top columnists...saying he violated the paper's policy by posting derogatory comments under an assumed name.
Washington Post Mar 28, 2006 Media Hiring Bias?
QUOTE: Do the hiring practices of big newspapers, magazines, networks and Web sites tilt toward people of the liberal persuasion, thereby requiring hand-wringing about intellectual diversity?
Washington Post Mar 24, 2006 Of Media Mistakes and Explanations
QUOTE: As Ronald Reagan said, trust but verify. This is particularly unfortunate since the Times admitted six days ago buying a bill of goods from a former Abu Ghraib prisoner...
Washington Post Jan 31, 2006 The ABCs of Iraq Injuries
QUOTE: Obviously, as an anchor for a major network, Woodruff enjoys a certain degree of fame, and famous people tend to get more media coverage.
Washington Post Jan 24, 2006 Second Careers
QUOTE: half the former members of Congress--half!--are now earning many times their Hill salaries by trying to persuade their ex-colleagues to fund a Bridge to Nowhere or some equivalent measure. Every special interest, in other words, is a future employer...
Washington Post Jan 23, 2006 Media Hangover
QUOTE: Journalists can't resist a troublemaking athlete who produces a blizzard of controversy instead of the usual sports cliches. And in the media world, doing bad things only fuels your celebrity, as Martha Stewart's post-jail television and radio gigs make clear.
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