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Tuesday, January 8, 2013

'NYT' Public Ed. Okay With Shane Role

Margaret Sullivan weighs in with a blog post just now on questions about NYT running major front-page CIA leak piece by Scott Shane in a story he was very much involved with, legally.   She concludes that the pros outweighed the cons, due to transparency.
“It’s always awkward when you’re a part of it,” Mr. Shane said, “but I thought it was justified.”
I agree. In this case, no one could have told this important tale as well. Those who have read it know more about how government and reporting work than they did before.  It’s the kind of story that makes you think; it may make you question the status quo. That’s a pretty good definition of what effective journalism does.

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