May 31, 2003

UM, THIS REALLY ISN'T HELPING.

Firestorm in the Newsroom (Seth Mnookin, Newsweek Web, 5/28/03).

Infuriated by Rick Bragg's description of the workhabits of New York Times national correspondents, Peter Kilborn defends himself and his fellows as follows:
"I was really offended," Kilborn said in a phone interview on Wednesday. "I bust my ass chasing facts and I go to weird places I've never been and I have to root around to get the story. The whole idea [of using stringers to do the bulk of the reporting] is anathema to decent journalism."
Kilborn goes to "weird places." Kilborn is a national correspondent; the places he goes are all within the country.

Now, it's no surprise that Manhattanites think that the rest of the country (absent maybe Westchester County, the Hamptons, Fire Island and parts of Los Angeles) is weird. But is this really a defense the New York Times wants to promote: The National Paper That Even Sends Famous Reporters To Weird Places. And, by the way, has anyone ever made a stronger case for New York parochialism than Kilborn has made inadvertantly? Posted by David Cohen at May 31, 2003 2:59 PM
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