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Politics and law from a British perspective (hence Politics LAW BloG): ''People who like this sort of thing...'' as the Great Man said

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Wednesday, November 26, 2003

Objective journalism - another harmful side-effect

Jack Shafer in Slate yesterday brought up another nonsense of US media which he puts down to the fetish of objective journalism - condemned here often before: the fact that newspapers don't issue rebuttals to letters to the editor.

The argument underlying this Trappism is, he says, that, if the facts of a piece are believed by the paper concerned to be correct, then that's the end of the matter: paper: need to comment further in its pages about shades of meaning, interpretation, or context, or to deliver a death blow to the whining subject of one of its stories...

(He raises the point in connection with a piece of Barton Gellman on the non-appearance to date of Iraqi WMD that David Kay dissed.)

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