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Journalism Ethics Can Be Funny! Santa Barbara Saga Continues

Posted by: Jon Fine on July 14, 2006

The recurring phrase “former food writer” herein totally cracks me up, in part because it’s a pretty hilarious putdown, and in part because it double-underlines the letter’s high-handed tone.

The stories of bizarre intramural rhubarbs at smaller papers are always much more colorful than those at big-city metros. (Be sure to read the comments below the column.)

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July 14, 2006 3:30 PM

I think there are many journalists in the news business these days who behave and write like columnists. The public is therefore misled by what is printed. As Lou Cannon recently said, "Once upon a time in our country, editorial pages were indistinguishable from news pages. Opinions and facts mingled freely, and most newspapers represented a faction, party, or cause. This changed throughout time not because publishers became better people, but because they learned that people don’t trust the news when it is merely an expression of opinion. In order to sell more newspapers and raise advertising rates, publishers realized they needed the readers’ trust. That is how modern newspapers evolved."

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