Should The New York Times be a truth vigilante?

That simple question set off an amusing, and potentially constructive, conversation when our corrections page and tweet it out.)

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    Hank Pfeffer
    Hank Pfeffer subscriber

    Corruption of truth has been ignored by the media too many times in exchange for invitations to the right parties. Expose the advertiser controlled news media too.

    Hank Pfeffer
    Hank Pfeffer

    Corruption of truth has been ignored by the media too many times in exchange for invitations to the right parties. Expose the advertiser controlled news media too.

    Pat Seaborg
    Pat Seaborg subscribermember

    Marcie (above) I was a HUGE fan of New West magazine in the 1970s and in my opinion one of the best magazines I ever read. I still remember an article that described what we would eventually call AIDS. Was so sorry to see you fold.

    pcs
    pcs

    Marcie (above) I was a HUGE fan of New West magazine in the 1970s and in my opinion one of the best magazines I ever read. I still remember an article that described what we would eventually call AIDS. Was so sorry to see you fold.

    Carrie Schneider
    Carrie Schneider subscribermember

    Considering that the NYT is responsible in part for driving the enthusiam for an unjust war an Iraq based on the reporting of now discredited information, asking themselves this question is long overdue. It's the main reason i can't bring myself to subscribe to an otherwise interesting paper.

    Carries
    Carries

    Considering that the NYT is responsible in part for driving the enthusiam for an unjust war an Iraq based on the reporting of now discredited information, asking themselves this question is long overdue. It's the main reason i can't bring myself to subscribe to an otherwise interesting paper.

    Marcie Rothman
    Marcie Rothman subscriber

    As a former fact checker, for New West Magazine in the 1970's,I learned to question everything a writer wrote, from the proper spelling and title of a person to checking a quote from Lillian Carter. Nothing beats first hand primary sources. And then it means questioning those facts. Donahue and staff do a good job at ferreting out misinformation. Keep up the good work.

    mar
    mar

    As a former fact checker, for New West Magazine in the 1970's,I learned to question everything a writer wrote, from the proper spelling and title of a person to checking a quote from Lillian Carter. Nothing beats first hand primary sources. And then it means questioning those facts. Donahue and staff do a good job at ferreting out misinformation. Keep up the good work.

    Michael Cargal
    Michael Cargal subscriber

    I haven't been able to find the exact quote, but H.L. Mencken wrote something like it is the responsibility of newspapers to protect us from hucketers and buncombe artists, and when they fail, which is usually, we are at their mercy.

    Michael Cargal
    Michael Cargal

    I haven't been able to find the exact quote, but H.L. Mencken wrote something like it is the responsibility of newspapers to protect us from hucketers and buncombe artists, and when they fail, which is usually, we are at their mercy.


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