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Generous readers help Burrito Man's kids

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 --...

By Steve Hendrix  | October 29, 2010; 10:25 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (21)
Categories:  Hard choices, The Blowback  
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How big was the crowd at the Glenn Beck rally?

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...

By Annys Shin  | August 30, 2010; 12:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (53)
Categories:  Hard choices, Journalism  | Tags:  Beck rally, Glenn Beck, Glenn Beck crowd, Glenn Beck rally, crowd size, how many people  
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Critique this: Building a better BP story

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...

By Ian Shapira  | May 25, 2010; 3:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Hard choices, Journalism  
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Is it ever ok to unpublish a story?

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...

By Marc Fisher  | April 27, 2010; 10:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
Categories:  Hard choices, More on the story  | Tags:  news ethics, newspaper standards, unpublishing stories, web reputations  
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Interviewing a church sex abuse victim

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...

By Ian Shapira  | April 14, 2010; 10:02 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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"The Lowest Comment Denominator"

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...

By Christian Davenport  | March 24, 2010; 10:12 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
Categories:  Hard choices, Journalism , More on the story  
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