What's particularly egregious about the Roll Call piece is that her Republican source demanded Whittington not talk to any other sources and she agreed, a gross violation of standard journalistic practices. Furthermore, Whittington failed to disclose that arrangement in the story, which ended up being a one-sided affair at the insistence of the Republicans. Whittington essentially wrote a GOP press release for them in a journalistic publication.
"We have to learn the lesson that intellectual honesty is fundamental for everything we cherish." -Sir Karl Popper
- Name: Matt Sandwich
- Location: Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Saturday, July 30, 2005
DailyKos has a nice piece on the latest trend in political reportage-- feed journalists a story on the condition that they agree not to talk to anyone on the other side. The sad thing is that it seems to be working.