A question we should all ask ourselves: WWGD?
(What would Goofy do?)
In a column published Thursday afternoon about journalists not getting their facts right and “sifting facts from fiction,” Washington Examiner Editorial Page Editor Mark Tapscott completely goofs on who wrote the WaPo piece on the impending sale of TWT. It wasn’t WaPo media columnist Howard Kurtz who wrote about the rumored reporting process of the TWT sale, it was WaPo‘s Ian Shapira for the “Story Lab” feature.
Tapscott links to Shapira’s story, while saying it was by Kurtz. He also refers to “Kurtz’s last sentence” and mentions the word “stupid.” The sentence is, in fact, Shapira’s last sentence.
“But Kurtz’ last sentence points to the key point missed by so many conventional journalists – growing legions of readers would indeed prefer to see the “raw material at first blush” because they long ago stopped trusting what they get from “news organizations that make the calls and do the checks before publishing.” Or to put it in a more Clintonian fashion, it’s the transparency, stupid.