The Lincoln Plawg - the blog with footnotes
Monday, April 18, 2005
Boston Globe fake seal-hunt story: mysteries remain
Romenesko has the links, natch: here and here.
But where is the original story? Hard to get any sense of the culpability of Globe editors without seeing what clues the copy (of one Barbara Stewart, freelancer) gave them that the stuff was far from kosher.
It's evidently been taken down from the Globe site.
According to Dan Kennedy,
The freelancer's story has been dropped from the Globe's website, but it's available on LexisNexis, with the "Editor's Note" attached.It's OK for (I laughingly call) professionals to know what Stewart got past her editors, but not Joe Public? Now that's what I call contempt for the reader !
Supplementary question: was Google asked to remove the cached article from its servers ?
The Globe's Editor's Note is in précis style - a form which lends itself to misrepresentation and spin.
Read with the original Stewart article, the reader would have been able to judge for himself. That that article has been confined to the Nexis ghetto naturally suggests to readers without Nexis access that Globe editors have shown a lack of good faith and good judgement, in making the correction, if not also in the editing of the original Stewart piece.
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