Tuesday, September 07, 2010

Sarah Ellison, a contributor to Vanity Fair, discusses the rivalry between The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal.


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Comments [7]

Norman from NYC

Not politics, just good/bad journalism. Good journalism interviews people on all sides of the story.l

My point wasn't that the WSJ was political in the California welfare-to-work program and the prison story.

Point was that the welfare-to-work story interviewed everybody, from the welfare mom to the head of the California welfare department.

The prison story didn't speak to the people most directly involved -- the prisoners. The manager of the prison was talking about how he had a prisoner who was in jail for 30 years on a non-violent offense. 30 years on a non-violent offense? What's going on there? The reporter didn't speak to the prisoner, or even ask about it.

This is a consistent pattern. I used to read the WSJ and trust that in every one of those stories, they would talk to the people who were most directly involved. No more.

Sep. 07 2010 11:02 AM
A listener

Please talk about web sites and pay walls. i think the reason the Times is strong is that its website is (for now) free to access and they use multi-media very well.

Sep. 07 2010 10:56 AM
jj from nyc

it's a free country. he can ride a dingo to work.

Sep. 07 2010 10:56 AM
Norman from NYC

NYT had a piece: WSJ was writing a story about the style of U.S. presidents, some of them are more hands-on than others.

one of Murdoch's new appointees to the washington bureau read the manuscript, and deleted all references to Jimmy Carter (hands-on) and GW Bush (not hands-on).

That crossed the line from dependable journalism to propaganda. No more WSJ.

Sep. 07 2010 10:55 AM
Sally from LES

Yikes, this is what we have for "choice" in a first world democracy. Both papers supported and were part of the drum beat to the war in Iraq.

Sep. 07 2010 10:54 AM
SuzanneNYC from Upper West Side

I say we do as Jon Stewart suggests -- don't read Murdoch publications or support his media empire in any way.

Sep. 07 2010 10:52 AM

urrgghhh. i am so sick of murdoch pushing his evil face into all aspect of american life. go back to australia and ride a dingo to work sit.

Sep. 07 2010 10:49 AM

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