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September 15, 2008

Will Times Public Editor Be Consistent on Inconsistency?

In his column yesterday, New York Times Public Editor Clark Hoyt analyzes his newspaper's use of prominent figures' "middle names for historical effect," and determines that it follows this practice inconsistently.

"Whatever the style," he concludes, "The Times needs to be consistent in applying it."

Indeed. And shouldn't this conclusion about consistency also be applied consistently? We recently corresponded with Times editors about the same issue, when we pointed out the paper's inconsistent use of the phrase "human rights advocates" (and also the inappropriateness of using that phrase to describe extremist anti-Israel activists).

The public editor was copied on the exchange, but apparently has not commented on the issue.

Posted by GI at September 15, 2008 01:57 PM

Comments

First, CAMERA does GREAT work in following the media and noting errors in their reporting. The question is, why is CAMERA surprised about the NY Times, Washington Post, and all those other "rags", when they make these kinds of biased, inflammatory gaffes? I don't bother reading such daily drivel any more.

It would be worth noting if these media "mental midgets" actually got something RIGHT (ex., using the T-word to describe the likes of Hamas and the PA-sponsored terrorists when they engage in attacks on Israeli citizens). Now, stuff like that would be newsworthy.

Posted by: ben at September 16, 2008 08:37 AM

Thank God for Camera.

Regrettably, the subtle anti-semetism in the American media in general, and the NYT rag in specific is the most anti-american irresponsible journalism I have ever seen. I used to idolize the Times. I used to think that their ideals could not be nobler. To the Times: yes yours does stink.

Posted by: Andy at September 16, 2008 11:40 AM

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