Friday, May 23, 2003

confidential to dead tree media (other reader please ignore)

(this is from memory, can't find on web)
If the headlines are slanted, but that's not the reporters' fault since the copy editors do the headlines, but it's not the copy editors' fault since they do it late at night and they're ensuring that the headlines are fair & accurate a part of anyone's job?

I'm not saying I could do it better. But one thing I would do, if I were running things, is write a regular "second thoughts" column, not about errors per se, but about what would have been done differently if there had been a little more time and more timely inspiration. Otherwise the readers are left completely in the dark as to whether or not you're at peace with what you published. (for bloggers it's easy, we just edit the post :-)

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