News next: a journalism teacher's diary

October 2, 2011

Why did The Times change its protest report?

Filed under: None — Bernard L. Stein @ 12:26 pm
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What do you think? Did this story change because 20 minutes after it was first published the facts on the ground had changed?

Was the second version a row-back? That’s journalism jargon for an effort to quietly correct a mistake in the facts, the angle or the tone of a story without acknowledging that anything was wrong with the earlier version.

Or was the change, which is accompanied by the introduction of the byline of The Times reporter who is stationed at Police Headquarters, what the many people who posted this on Facebook allege: an example of the newspaper’s bias against the Occupy Wall Street protest?

The Village Voice interviewed City Room bureau chief Andrew Newman for The Times’ response, but expressed skepticism about it, noting that the later stories eliminated a passage that said police allowed demonstrators onto the roadway.

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