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Dan Jacob

CEO , The IDIA Group


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Should newspapers be truth vigilantes?

Arthur Brisbane, Public Editor for the New York Times wrote an interesting article OpEd today (January 12, 2012) asking "Should the New York Times Be a Truth Vigilante?"

The article can be found here: http://publiceditor.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/01/12/should-the-times-be-a-truth-vigilante/

In a time where people are being bombarded with information, what role (if any) should newspapers play in correcting un-informed, egregiously inaccurate statements? What implications would this have?

To quote Brisbane:

"...[People] look to The [New York] Times to set the record straight. They worry less about reporters imposing their judgment on what is false and what is true.
Is that the prevailing view? And if so, how can The Times do this in a way that is objective and fair? Is it possible to be objective and fair when the reporter is choosing to correct one fact over another? Are there other problems that The Times would face that I haven’t mentioned here?"

Interested to hear your thoughts on this one...


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  • Jan 13 2012: Truth, the word is a bomb in itself. There are realities that can change depending on one's perspective, however what Journalists should try and unravel is the truth according to no perspectives, the pure truth, the one that has a begining, a middle and an ending. When one searches for a murderer, there are many clues, various angles, but narrow it all down and you discover the truth, that so and so killed him/her. That is the turth newspapers should fight to uncover. Who is to blame for the economic crises, who caused 9/11, who is responsible for this and that and the other. Sooner or later it all comes down to a single reality, the truth, not something precieved. Truth, real truth is not based on one's reality but rather that common reality that binds us all together. What's wrong is wrong, what is right is right, now the punishment due to the reasons for such actions can differ according to one's reason for carrying such an act out.

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