The Lincoln Plawg - the blog with footnotes
Friday, September 24, 2004
New York Times reviews reviewed
A 5,000 word review article by Scott Sherman in the Nation (Jayson Blair's effort is mentioned) takes a squint at the Grey Lady under Howell Raines (using Raines' long Atlantic Monthly piece, which is not online).
Sherman's credibility rather tarnished by his Pollyanna-ish treatment of ombud Daniel Okrent . He seems to think that Okrent is actually making a difference:
"To open a window"--that's how Okrent has modestly defined his undertaking at the New York Times. The window is open, and gusts of fresh air are flowing in.
Like old Mikhail Gorbachev before him, Okrent gives us a touch of glasnost. But, on essential matters like the use of anonymous government sources, his success has been negligible.
And the kicker is gushing at its worst:
His columns differ in tone, texture and content, but each one contains a powerful message: New York Times--print the truth.
And we thought Dan Rather was deluded!
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