New York Times quotes anonymous City Pages blog commenter on Michele Bachmann
In Friday's New York Times, Reporter Kate Zernike wrote a story headlined, "A Breast-Feeding Plan Mixes Partisan Reactions." About halfway down, it features an odd, unattributed quote supporting Bachmann.
If the comment looks familiar, it's because it was left by an anonymous "guest" on the blog you are reading.
"Holy mackerel, I might have to agree with Michele Bachmann on this one!" noted one person on a blog.
|New York Times reporter Kate Zernike is reading this blog and looking to quote your comments!|
Among the comments on the blog post itself was the one that the New York Times quoted. You'll notice that the Gray Lady took the liberty of cleaning up the mispelling of Bachmann's first name (how many times do we have to tell you guys, it's "Michele" not "Michelle") as well as the butchering of "mackerel" (maybe we need to invest in spell-check for comments?).
|The New York Times used this anonymous comment as a source on Michele Bachmann.|
Also, on which blog can one find the line, "Holy mackerel, I might have to agree with Michele Bachmann on this one!" I'm asking because I cannot seem to locate it. This leads me to suspect that this line was not actually said "on a blog." Perhaps it was said by a blogger? If so, it would be useful to know the context of how this quote was obtained. Maybe this is someone Zernike bumped into at a coffee shop, or something? And this person has a blog, too, so that lends some awesome gravity to her commentary?
It's a mess! I can't judge for myself the quality of this random person's "progressive" political stances. I can't even prove this person exists.
And surely there is someone willing to talk about Michele Bachmann who will let you use their name? Call our office and ask for Hart Van Denburg.
Indeed, the use of anonymous sources in this manner would seem to violate the New York Times ethics policy as laid out in this post from the paper's Public Editor, who notes that this practice has long been a bugaboo for the Gray Lady:
The policy says anonymous sources should be used only as "a last resort when the story is of compelling public interest and the information is not available any other way."But if the New York Times is going to use our commenters as sources for quotes, we expect you all to up your game (looking at you, Kirk the Conservative Jerk).
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