“Frankly, no newspaper in the world is set up to monitor for cheats and fabricators.”

That’s Howell Raines, the Beeg Cheese of the NY Times, explaining why Jayson Blair, affirmative action poster boy and plagiarizing reporter, got away with a Reign of Error, Plagiarism and Bogus Stories before finally being canned. (Hey Rod! You looking for a job?)

Now, correct me if I’m wrong, but weren’t we told that the difference between cyber-reporters like Drudge and Real Journalism[TM] was that there was all this fact-checking machinery in place so that “All the News That’s Fit to Print” reached us in pure, unbiased, and pristine condition? Can’t Raines’ statement be reworded, “We don’t really know whether we are printing BS or not!”?


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