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WAMU News Director Says Reporters Crossed The Line



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(3/1/2012 11:12:28 AM)   Flag as inappropriate content
I'm re-reading this again and I applaud my colleagues who stand with the WAMU news director. I'm a DC area resident and WAMU listener and supporter. This lack of respect for journalistic integrity floors me and especially at a time with public radio has endured a great many gaffs of late. It's thrilling to see so many in the biz who understand the separation between sales and news/editorial.
- Robert Jenkins
(2/23/2012 9:51:56 AM)   Flag as inappropriate content
It's a shame more broadcasters don't share this man's integrity. For those who believe that because privately owned newspapers have in the past been biased, that it's no big deal for a public broadcaster to do the same, can you please answer me this: What public interest is served in promoting the agenda of one side over that of the other? Can we not merely report and let the public make up their own minds? Shall we harken back to historical models for other things like equal rights and other social issues? As relates to news I support the "Joe Friday" approach, "Just the facts, Ma'am." If you've ever been a reporter you can understand that it's harder to do your job if the subject of a story is someone you know, or worse, a friend. That's why the "wall" is not an intellectually snobbish thing, but a professional attribute. Send the sales types to the darn party and lay off the reporters-pick up their tab at the local watering hole instead.
- R Lamb
(2/23/2012 7:46:23 AM)   Flag as inappropriate content
A major opportunity for WAMU reporters to network with the DC business community--and the News Director refuses to allow his staff to attend? It's always been ridiculous to me how so-called "journalists" want to cloister themselves away (in the name of "journalistic integrity") yet claim they have the education/knowledge to report the news to the rest of us.

Journalism historically has been one-sided (a Democrat paper and a Republican paper in most cities at least until the advent of Broadcast TV news). The history of journalism points to something other than "lack of bias" for journalists.

I posit that consumption of traditional news media is down in part because the media is based on the lie of Objectivity.

- Jeff Andrulonis
(2/23/2012 7:17:59 AM)   Flag as inappropriate content
I'm astonished that WAMU's internal policies didn't prohibit such contacts to begin with.
I think the GM erred massively in judgment in sending such a threat and should resign.

Asendio is right.

But sadly this is indicative of how "public radio" has become mainstream and commercial and hardly independent. Maybe Pacifica is an alternative, but WAMU's standing dropped six notches in my mind.

- MattS
(2/23/2012 6:51:59 AM)   Flag as inappropriate content
Bravo!

A man of integrity!

Caryn Mathes, et al, should take a page from his book. Let the folks in the underwriting department attend, but keep editorial sacred and sheltered.

- Robert E. Richer


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