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Saturday, August 20, 2005  

File: They Dish It Out But Can't Take It

The NYT managing editor
decides to write a letter to the editor of his own newspaper's literary section which had published a book review by Judge Posner on the media.

Posner's review was well received on the right side of the blogosphere for its insight and observations. But Bill Keller can't bear it joined by Bill Moyers and Eric Alterman (yeah, there's a pair of really fair minded critics).

He concludes:

“The saddest thing is that Judge Posner's market determinism leaves no room for the other dynamics I've witnessed in my 35 years in newspapers: the idealism of reporters who think they can make the world better (my emphasis), the intellectual satisfaction of puzzling through a complicated issue, the competitive gratification of being first to discover a buried story, the pride in striving to uphold a professional code of fair play, the quest for peer recognition and, yes, the feedback from attentive and thoughtful readers. He makes no allowance for the possibility that conscientious reporters and editors are capable of setting aside their personal beliefs or standing up to their advertisers (and the prejudices of their readers) to do work they believe in.”

This is just sad, by which I mean risible.

posted by Mark Butterworth | 3:01 PM |