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Ombudsman Blog: August 16, 2009 - August 22, 2009

Novak's Not So Fond Farewell

Anonymous online comments can be brutal, especially when they involve polarizing figures in public life. As I’ve written, I believe in anonymous comments as a valuable form of free speech. But while the constitution guarantees our right to speak...

By Andy Alexander  | August 21, 2009; 2:41 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (39)
 
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Controversy Over a Sunday Story

It’s not uncommon for those who cooperate with a reporter on a story to complain after it appears in print. That happened with a prominent Post piece a few Sunday’s ago. But the intriguing story behind the story raises...

By Andy Alexander  | August 19, 2009; 2:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
 
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Being in Sync on Anonymous Source Rules

Sunday’s ombudsman’s column prompted a note to The Post’s newsroom today urging the staff to be more vigilant in dealing with anonymous sources. My column disclosed that some Post standards on confidential sources are being ignored or unevenly applied,...

By Andy Alexander  | August 17, 2009; 3:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
 
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