26 March 2007
Reporting on Slime, and Slipping
Here is his former employer's ombudsman's latest take on it: http://www.nytimes.com/2007/03/25/opinion/25pubed.html?_r=2&oref=slogin&oref=slogin
At the NY Times, by the way, the position known everywhere else as an "ombudsman" is called a "public editor." What they think they gain by a unique nomenclature there isn't clear to me. Regardless: Byron Calame has the post, and he's unhappy with Eichenwald. He said the reporter misled his editors on the subject of that payment.
Also, he's unimpressed by the distinction between Eichenwald's capacity as a journalist and as a private person touched by a humanitarian need. "Times journalists are free to do many things as private citizens, such as donating money to a struggling charity in their community. But they can’t then simply turn the switch to 'journalist' and do a story about that charity; that assignment must go to another reporter."
A decent point. But we need to keep our minds on a couple of simpler points here. There's been no credible challenge to the facts of the story that Eichenwald obtained through Berry's assistance. And, as a result of that story, three sexual predators have been incarcerated.
Knowledge is warranted belief -- it is the body of belief that we build up because, while living in this world, we've developed good reasons for believing it. What we know, then, is what works -- and it is, necessarily, what has worked for us, each of us individually, as a first approximation. For my other blog, on the struggles for control in the corporate suites, see www.proxypartisans.blogspot.com.