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February 25, 2007

On objectivity, neutrality, and integrity in covering AY

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Atlantic Yards Report

Yesterday NoLandGrab was well respresented at the Grassroots Media Conference by our own Lumi Rolley. Norman Oder gave a great talk about objectivity, neutrality, and integrity in the media. (See examples of non-neutrality in today's Daily News articles, below.) Norman posted his remarks online.

Here's an example of some bad reporting. A little while ago, I discovered that the city had put $205 million in the budget for Atlantic Yards—that’s double the official pledge of $100 million.

That wasn’t hidden; it was right there for everyone to see, it’s just that none of the reporters either remembered the pledge or thought there was news.

I wrote a story. DDDB put out a press release. The Post and the Sun wrote stories. The Daily News and the Times ignored it.

So, am I and the others who reported this story opponents or responsible journalists? And are those who ignored the story irresponsible journalists? And does that make them, in effect, proponents?

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Posted by amy at February 25, 2007 11:49 AM