Journalism That Dare Not Speak Its Name. The Washington Post publishes a reporter’s anonymous screed.
If you’re a reporter at the Washington Post and you aspire to write unsigned editorials, just send an email to the ombudsman.
That’s a lesson one might draw from yesterday’s extraordinary column by Patrick Pexton, the veteran journalist who, according to the Post’s website, “represents readers who have concerns or complaints” about “accuracy, fairness, ethics and the newsgathering process.” One such reader wrote to both Pexton and a Post reporter to complain that the paper’s coverage of same-sex marriage gives “short shrift” to “the conservative, pro-family side of the argument.”
Pexton, who withholds the names of both the reader and the reporter “at their requests,” quotes the reporter’s response at length: “The reason that legitimate media outlets routinely cover gays is because it is the civil rights issue of our time. Journalism, at its core, is about justice and fairness, and that’s the ‘view of the world’ that we espouse; therefore, journalists are going to cover the segment of society that is still not treated equally under the law.”
The reader wrote back: “The mission of journalism is not justice. Defining justice is a political matter, not journalistic. Journalism should be about accuracy and fairness.”
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