If there's one thing we can be sure about in the reporting from Boston last week, it's this: We all have a bigger job than ever before in sorting through the torrent of conflicting reports and finding the truth.
With technology continuing to ramp up our ability to transmit news at breakneck speed, along with the public's insatiable need to know something ASAP, the media has been painfully susceptible to rapid-fire misfiring in the race for "breaking news" and ratings.
History shows that if conservative papers weren't subsidized by deep-pocketed owners, they would fail in a free market. By contrast, at least until the current paradigm shift from print to online, newspapers dismissed as "liberal" had generally been thriving -- many of them under publicly owned companies.
In the same week that Pulitzer prizes were announced honoring the finest in American journalism, many in the far-right media worked to set news standards in mindless, awful behavior in the wake of the Boston attack.
The Boston Marathon bombing was a very unhappy déjà vu for all of us involved with the Olympic Park Bombing in 1996. Not only was I conducting a photo shoot in the sound tower where the bomb was placed that night, I was on the crisis team that had to manage the aftermath of the explosion.
In terms of journalism and ethics and common sense, the Post's performance does make you wonder how a news organization, and even one owned by Rupert Murdoch, manages to get a story that wrong?
This past September, New York's public schools introduced a new discipline code keeping in line with an emerging federal policy initiative that seeks to reduce the "disparate" rate of minority incarceration in this country.
I'm not going to get all strident and righteous about 25 years of total sobriety, but I will tell you what it's meant to me. Relax, it's not a lecture. It's not poetic, either. It's a matter of simple arithmetic.
If more evidence were ever needed that Rupert Murdoch's people and some other Republican media types are less than human, we have that evidence now. ...
The dramatic image of a man clinging to a New York City subway platform, struggling to lift himself from the tracks and the inevitable path of an oncoming subway train, is spurring an international debate about both journalistic ethics and just plain old ethics.
Over 30 years ago, Chirlane McCray, wife of Bill de Blasio, wrote a cover story for Essence where she said she was a lesbian. She's now married to one of the most respected public advocates NYC has ever had and is mother to their two children. But why do we even care?
In the midst of many lensmen who took their dress and behavior codes from Sid Vicious, Arty Pomerantz stood out -- always immaculately groomed, always with a jacket and tie. And always, ALWAYS a gentleman.
One could lament the fact that the burden of proof is greater on the injured, and thus they must be ever more careful in their assertions, or just pro...
Spitzer and Clarke debate whether the monster storm smashed not just the Metro region but Mitt too. They agree that 'extreme weather' won't be an issue in Ohio this time but will and should be one in 2013. And does 7.9 percent = 270+ electoral votes?
He smugly asked if my scorn was reserved only for "very successful Americans" (his words) or if I were also willing to label "unpatriotic" those Mexicans who fled their home country to seek economic gain in the U.S.
Just what SoHo needs, another commercial building with a high-end tenant selling upscale merchandise? Right? Wrong!