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  • Ohioblog: A Swing State Journal

    Sunday, September 26, 2004

    And you thought no one noticed 

    Mike Needs received kudos on Daily for allowing Akron Beacon Journal readers to become exorcised over coverage of Iraq they deemed negative.

    At issue in particular was a Saturday story headlined: ``Untold tragedy of Iraq'' in which Nancy A. Youssef detailed the killing of Iraqis by U.S. and multinational forces and Iraqi police. Needs, public editor of the newspaper, heard from readers who would prefer the tragedy of Iraq remain untold.

    Needs explained that painful to read and difficult to accept stories are exactly what a free press should be offering its readers because those people surely want to make informed decisions about such things as the war in Iraq - don't they?

    The Daily Kos entry (not without its own opinion) by DemFromCT observed: ``Everything Bush is telling the American people about Iraq is crap. It's politically motivated fog, a smokescreen to obfuscate until after the election. The media needs to fact-check Bush's people all the time, every day about everything. And we need to make sure they do. Kudos to the Beacon Journal for acting like a free press.''

    Public editors have impossible jobs. They are in the middle between those who report the news and those who consume it. When the news goes down hard, it is the public editor who gets slapped with the readers' indignation. It's a thankless job - except for today.

    - Steve Love

    posted by Ohioblog: A Swing State Journal at 1:29 PM

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