May 07, 2003

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Apart from ethical considerations, it's a bullshit waste of expensive time. I speak out of experience -- if it isn't a real-world exercise of how to report or produce news and photos it is worthless. The little paper you first go to work at doesn't care if you unmasked Deep Throat. They want you to be able to report well on a public meeting or a baseball game.

Posted by: Janis Gore at May 7, 2003 06:59 PM

I'm concerned about the chilling effect on other deep sources. Anonymous sources tend to get over used, but sometimes there is no other way to get the story, and the story is too important not to use deep stories. It's important to preserve that avenue.

I wouldn't want anybody outing my sources, so I don't think I'd be comfortable doing it to anybody else.

Posted by: Howard Owens at May 7, 2003 07:34 PM

I don't think these institutional journalists pose a threat.

Posted by: Janis Gore at May 7, 2003 10:26 PM

Pose a threat? Fred Fielding (regardless of whether he is or is not Deep Throat) is probably having a bad couple weeks as a result.

Posted by: Amy Langfield at May 8, 2003 02:06 PM

It's so far out of time, I wonder how much trouble it is causing him. Do you have anything about Fielding, Amy?

Posted by: Janis Gore at May 8, 2003 02:52 PM

Amy is busy, so I did some Googling myself. Mr. Fielding was part of the Bush-Cheney transition team and is a member of the investigation team for 9-11, among many things. Haldeman fingered him as Deep Throat way back when. His resume can be found here : wrf.com/attorney/bio.asp?ID=F038936795.

Posted by: Janis Gore at May 8, 2003 05:02 PM

Let's correct that to counsel for those teams. Outing anonymous sources is dreadful, but the most pernicious thing here is that it's just another story of journalists writing about journalism and not doing any. The whole project is historians' work.

Posted by: Janis Gore at May 8, 2003 06:56 PM

Janis Gore writes: "Apart from ethical considerations, it's a bullshit waste of expensive time. I speak out of experience -- if it isn't a real-world exercise of how to report or produce news and photos it is worthless."

True. This may bring big props for the j-prof, but little help to his students, who should learn the basics most of all. Those students will have a tough few first weeks when it becomes time to do real work at a real job.

Posted by: Nik Bonopartis at May 11, 2003 05:43 PM
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elch.com/cgi-bin/mt/mt-comments.cgi?__mode=red&id=4498">Howard Owens at May 7, 2003 07:34 PM

I don't think these institutional journalists pose a threat.

Posted by: Janis Gore at May 7, 2003 10:26 PM

Pose a threat? Fred Fielding (regardless of whether he is or is not Deep Throat) is probably having a bad couple weeks as a result.

Posted by: Amy Langfield at May 8, 2003 02:06 PM

It's so far out of time, I wonder how much trouble it is causing him. Do you have anything about Fielding, Amy?

Posted by: Janis Gore at May 8, 2003 02:52 PM

Amy is busy, so I did some Googling myself. Mr. Fielding was part of the Bush-Cheney transition team and is a member of the investigation team for 9-11, among many things. Haldeman fingered him as Deep Throat way back when. His resume can be found here : wrf.com/attorney/bio.asp?ID=F038936795.

Posted by: Janis Gore at May 8, 2003 05:02 PM

Let's correct that to counsel for those teams. Outing anonymous sources is dreadful, but the most pernicious thing here is that it's just another story of journalists writing about journalism and not doing any. The whole project is historians' work.

Posted by: Janis Gore at May 8, 2003 06:56 PM

Janis Gore writes: "Apart from ethical considerations, it's a bullshit waste of expensive time. I speak out of experience -- if it isn't a real-world exercise of how to report or produce news and photos it is worthless."

True. This may bring big props for the j-prof, but little help to his students, who should learn the basics most of all. Those students will have a tough few first weeks when it becomes time to do real work at a real job.

Posted by: Nik Bonopartis at May 11, 2003 05:43 PM
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