Reliable Source?

Reliable Source?

Here’s a new one. One of the most influential voices on the media in the media Howard Kurtz, now of the Daily Beast, formerly of the Washington Post, still of CNN, late Tuesday offered “a whopper” of a correction for a column he wrote back in November. Kurtz, who raised a few eyebrows this week […]

Deceptive PR Practices

Deceptive PR Practices

That pink sheet for New York’s media cognascenti — The New York Observer — yesterday published an internal New York Times email sent from standards editor Phil Corbett to the newsroom. In it Corbett points out the “pitfalls” of quoting “consultants” whose financial ties to a story are murky. He writes: “This is not a […]

Inauthentic Generals

Inauthentic Generals

As one agency trumpets its new mantra of “authenticity,” we learn today just how deeply our government has subverted authenticity to sell its war-time policies. In a 7600-word investigative piece on page A1 of today’s New York Times, reporter Doug Barstow outlines the extent to which this administration took (fairly standard) public relations techniques and […]