Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Public Editor of New York Times gets it right: coverage of the Patrick Witt case was unfair to Mr. Witt

". . . reporting a claim of sexual assault based on anonymous sourcing, without Mr. Witt’s and the woman’s side of it, was unfair to Mr. Witt. . . . .  [T]he impact of the 'sexual assault' label on Mr. Witt is substantial and out of proportion for a case that went uninvestigated and unadjudicated."
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"This was a compelling story, and The Times was motivated to publish it. But when something as serious as a person’s reputation is at stake, it’s not enough to rely on anonymous sourcing, effectively saying 'trust us.'”