From an editor’s note to the New York Times article, “Last Call for College Bars,” which originally ran on September 26:
“An article on Thursday described the effect of social media use on the bar scene in several college towns, including the area around Cornell. After the article was published, questions were raised by the blog IvyGate about the identities of six Cornell students quoted in the article or shown in an accompanying photo. None of the names provided by those students to a reporter and photographer for The Times — Michelle Guida, Vanessa Gilen, Tracy O’Hara, John Montana, David Lieberman and Ben Johnson — match listings in the Cornell student directory, and The Times has not subsequently been able to contact anyone by those names. The Times should have worked to verify the students’ identities independently before quoting or picturing them for the article.”
Think about this the next time you read a Times story from an anonymous source.Arthur O. Sultzburger died today. He was owner and publisher of the New York Times for 34 years, during the period many would call its zenith, setting the standard by which all other newspapers in the U.S. were measured. He left the paper in 1997. His son runs the Times now.
I’m sure until his dying breath, the senior Sultzburger believed that the newspaper he nurtured remained the best, most competent, most ethical and trustworthy daily in the country.
The frightening thing is, he may have been right.
Source: New York Times
Graphic: Wesleyan Argus