NYT Failed to Think Politically in McCain Story
“Times editors are smart people prevented by their own codes from thinking politically. Yet those same codes permit intrusions into politics, like the Vicki Iseman story, that require them to think politically or risk terrible missteps.’
Rosen isn’t saying that the Times needs to “carry out a political agenda” but rather that they must be aware of “the larger political realities” into which they inject a story. Ordinary readers immediately recognized that references to suspicions about adultery and other misdeeds needed to be corroborated, whereas the Times‘ editors thought they didn’t because they thought the story was about McCain’s carelessness about appearances.
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