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Ombudsman Blog: May 17, 2009 - May 23, 2009

Dark Clouds Aren't Just Above Newsrooms

As everyone knows, it's a challenging business environment for newspapers. The Post has been forthright in reporting on its own financial problems (the paper is losing money). Media writer Howard Kurtz wrote recently about the condition of the industry, and...

By Andy Alexander  | May 22, 2009; 12:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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Readers See Tortuous Logic In Avoiding "Torture"

For many, The Post's logic on use of the word “torture” is, well, tortuous. Rarely a day passes without readers e-mailing to demand that the paper stop using terms like “enhanced interrogation techniques” to describe what they believe was outright...

By Andy Alexander  | May 20, 2009; 11:41 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
 
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Preventing Truth From Being a Casualty

Truth, it is often said, is the first casualty of war. That old adage has been on the minds of The Post’s photo editors as they’ve tried to present visual images of the quarter century-old conflict in Sri Lanka, which...

By Andy Alexander  | May 19, 2009; 1:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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The Last NYT Public Editor?

My Sunday column quoted Post publisher Katharine Weymouth as saying she remains committed to having an independent ombudsman, even at a time when the newspaper is losing money and the staff is being further depleted by the fourth round of...

By Andy Alexander  | May 18, 2009; 12:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
 
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