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So That’s Journalism… March 12, 2008

Posted by David Card in Media.

In a 1,100 word story about the alleged prostitute who brought down NY governor Eliot Spitzer, the NY Times’ two bylined reporters (with help from three others) spend about 250 words on an interview with the subject and 425 quoting from her MySpace page. Three photos accompanying the story are sourced “MySpace.com”

That’s not how they did it back in the Dark Ages when I was a reporter.

In fairness, the Times did break the story — and outed her — while the Post and the Daily News both can only cite the Times’ story with teeth-gnashing envy.

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