Correction: Anon @ 8:33 noted the post I reference below was written by N&O deputy managing editor Steve Riley, not executive editor for news Melanie Sill.
I've corrected the post to reflect that and thank Anon for pointing out my error.
I responded further to Anon @ 8:33 on the thread.
Two editors of Russian newspapers and an interpreter from Moscow are visiting the Raleigh News & Observer this week. An N&O deputy managing editor, Steve Riley, explains the trio is at the N&O as part of a training program to “advance quality journalism.”
Riley also said this:
Journalists in Russia face many challenges: They have no legal right to information, and many media outlets are controlled by the government or seedy business interests. While here, the trio met with several reporters and editors about ways they can advance their work.Riley’s entire post is here.
I’ve just left the following comment on the thread for N&O managing editor for news Melanie Sill, who's quoted in a previous comment.
So Russian journalists “have no legal right to information, and many media outlets are controlled by the government or seedy business interests.”
I’m sorry for that, but tell them Americans face a very similar situation.
When General Sanchez recently castigated journalists for their politically biased and blatantly inaccurate reporting of the Iraq War, the N&O told readers nothing about it.
Not even that Sanchez had said something as vitally important for Americans to know as: “THE DEATH KNELL OF YOUR ETHICS HAS BEEN ENABLED BY YOUR PARENT ORGANIZATIONS WHO HAVE CHOSEN TO ALIGN THEMSELVES WITH POLITICAL AGENDAS.
WHAT IS CLEAR TO ME IS THAT YOU ARE PERPETUATING THE CORROSIVE PARTISAN POLITICS THAT IS DESTROYING OUR COUNTRY AND KILLING OUR SERVICEMEMBERS WHO ARE AT WAR.”
Sanchez, as you know, devoted half his speech to castigating journalists and news organizations.
Here’s the URL to the full text of Sanchez’s speech:
Here’s the URL to your front-page “report” of the speech:
Why not give the Russians printouts of both, and ask what they think?
If they can read Sanchez’s speech and your “report,” they’ll know just what kind of newspaper the N&O is.
You could then explain to them the N&O had no legal obligation to tell readers what Sanchez actually said.
Be sure to also tell them American news organizations regularly withhold important news from the public while propagandizing much of the news that is reported.
It will help the Russians understand just how seedy an American newspaper can be if you tell them that for thirteen months the N&O withheld the news, of vital interest to all fair-minded readers and exculpatory for the lacrosse players, that Crystal Mangum had told the N&O the other dancer had also been raped at the Duke lacrosse party and would do anything for money.
Ask the Russian editors if they do things like that?
Or is that the kind of news suppression and manipulation of the public their government does?
Come to think of it, what the N&O did was far worse than “seedy.” It was downright dishonest reporting and very cruel to David Evans, Collin Finnerty, Reade Seligmann and their families.
Melanie, please tell the Russians for me and most Americans that we hope someday they’ll have the press freedoms MSM has here; and that if they ever get them, we hope they’ll use them with a greater respect for fairness and accuracy then our media does here.
John in Carolina
PS – Is there any chance you’ll show the translator this comment?