We wrote two weeks ago about the sad and sudden death of Carlos Guardado, the burrito vendor who made the corner of 17th and K Streets NW his daytime home for almost 20 years. It was clear that Carlos --...
The Glenn Beck rally on the National Mall Saturday drew between 300,000 and 500,000, according to Beck. CBS News hired a consultant with an expertise in aerial photography and came up with a total of 87,000. Other media outlets either...
| August 30, 2010; 12:40 PM ET |
Categories: Hard choices, Journalism | Tags: Beck rally, Glenn Beck, Glenn Beck crowd, Glenn Beck rally, crowd size, how many people
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Whenever reporters settle on one angle for a complex story, readers and experts inevitably write back saying we totally missed the bigger story. How could you miss the elephant in the room? Your story's been done a million times! Are...
A few years ago, I wrote a column about a couple of guys who got into hot water at work because their employer found out about a dumb prank the gents had pulled at a bar one night. The...
| April 27, 2010; 10:01 AM ET |
Categories: Hard choices, More on the story | Tags: news ethics, newspaper standards, unpublishing stories, web reputations
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My questions to Bob Starbody of Campbell, Calif. were not easy to answer. But they felt even more strenuous -- perhaps politically incorrect -- for me to ask: How come you didn't alert anyone that you were being molested by...
We’re all about the First Amendment here at The Washington Post, but there has been some debate about the comments we let readers post at the end of stories and blog posts here on the web site. The comments...