Monday, October 18, 2004

Celebrity Deathmatch: Gitlin vs. Kohn

While I admire Daniel Okrent's desire try to bring some balance to the office of the public editor, I'm not sure what this exchange actually acheives, other than to reinforce that some people think the NYT doesn't hold Bush's feet to the fire enough, while others think its coverage of the Administration is unfairly critical. Ok, tell us something we don't know. The highlights:

(Our very own) Todd Gitlin (author of Media Unlimited: How the Torrent of Images and Sounds Overwhelms Our Lives):

An on-again, off-again watchdog is better than no watchdog at all. But Times readers should not have to settle for a watchdog with laryngitis.
Bob Kohn (author of Journalistic Fraud: How the New York TImes Distorts the News and Why It Can No Longer Be Trusted):
What kind of newspaper will we leave to our children? If you still don't believe it's the wrong kind, put yourself in my slippers: imagine how your Sunday morning coffee encounters with The Times would sour if the front page of the Arts & Leisure section were turned over to, say, Ann Coulter. Is that the kind of paper you want? That's the paper you have.

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