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Farrow vs. Lauer: Are the old rules
of fairness being abandoned?

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Posted By: Pluperfect, 5/21/2020 4:29:21 AM

In the sudden debate that has erupted over Ronan Farrow’s reporting, a revealing moment may have been overlooked. New York Times columnist Ben Smith, in his attempted takedown of Farrow, raised a danger that is emblematic of the Trump era--and has little to do with Matt Lauer or Harvey Weinstein. Farrow’s work, says Smith, “reveals the weakness of a kind of resistance journalism that has thrived in the age of Donald Trump: That if reporters swim ably along with the tides of social media and produce damaging reporting about public figures most disliked by the loudest voices, the old rules of fairness and open-mindedness can seem more like impediments

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Reply 1 - Posted by: Vesicant 5/21/2020 5:36:54 AM (No. 417443)
What "old rules of fairness"?! Has Kurtz been living under a rock? Here's more breaking news, Howie -- not only are "journalists" a festering pack of corrupt maggot bottom feeders, the Sun rises in the East.
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Reply 2 - Posted by: Toby Ten Bears 5/21/2020 6:15:20 AM (No. 417460)
Welcome to reality Howard. Are you REALLY this stupid, Howard???
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Reply 3 - Posted by: earlybird 5/21/2020 9:01:44 AM (No. 417578)
So Ben Smith is now with the NYT. How classy of them to show their true colors about now by hiring a guy who was founding editor-in-chief of Buzzfeed since 2011… Just brought in a dumpster full of dirt….
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Reply 4 - Posted by: Strike3 5/21/2020 11:09:25 AM (No. 417731)
Fairness - what's that? As one extreme example, photographers who capture pictures of hollyweird stars in compromising situations are paid tens of thousands of dollars for one juicy capture of a star that is interesting enough to make the glossy pages of some scandal rag. Those camera rats who are too fair to hide in trees and bushes, look over fences, lurk around schools and daycares or lie in wait outside hotel rooms don't make the big bucks. You can either ignore fairness or find some other way to make a living.
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Reply 5 - Posted by: jeffkinnh 5/21/2020 12:04:58 PM (No. 417787)
Who cares? Let them savage each other. They are turning their unethical, low class tactics against each other. This is what is happening in their politics as well and it is joyful to watch as the fractured Left root for their own candidates. It the past, they managed to patch things up after the primaries but the desperation they are feeling in battling Trump and the bitterness of their defeats is turning them against each other beyond the point of reconciliation. Part of the obvious outcome of this is that they have picked senile, gropey Joe to represent them, kind of. Many Bernie Bros say they won't vote for the loser. The rest that might vote are not going to be enthusiastic about turnout. The dem #MeToo crowd is not going to be all in for Joe. They just got done saying that supporting BJ Clintoon and his enabler was a mistake. Now they are about to repeat it. Some will crawl over broken glass to vote against Trump but not all and not enthusiastically. And the best thing is, dems have NO ONE that has a chance of unifying them, no matter the narratives they will try to build of a unified party. It's a lie and an obvious one. Battle on dems! We should start selling tickets.
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Reply 6 - Posted by: msjena 5/21/2020 12:05:11 PM (No. 417789)
When is Ronan Farrow going to weigh in on the Tara Reade accusation?
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Reply 7 - Posted by: DVC 5/21/2020 2:42:25 PM (No. 417964)
"Being???" - LOL! It happened decades ago - if there ever were any rules of fairness.
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