When candidates lie, what's a political reporter to do?

How journalists respond to intentional deception will be a defining feature of 2012 political coverage. Will they allow themselves to become accessories to deceptive politicians? Or will they aggressively and repeatedly expose misinformation and the people who traffic in it? Full Story »

Posted by Fabrice Florin - via Jay Rosen

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Arthur J. Fasciani
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by Arthur J. Fasciani - Nov. 30, 2011

This article, while insightful, is a little light on the "why's." Specifically, the culpability of top-tier journalists, the men and women who are in direct contact with newsmakers. It's quite possible that these reporters have traded their doggedness for either access, celebrity, or both. To confront politicians with a lie could result in banishment from the clubby cliques of power. Some of the most interesting interview moments are the outtakes one rarely sees, where the principals are laughing and chatting about the family trips they've taken together, and then transform into "Statesman" and "Journalist" as soon as the klieg lights come on. How do you call a good friend or colleague on a lie and maintain a relationship? While I hate to sound like a codger, many journalists - almost as thoroughly as most elected officials - seem to have abdicated their responsibility to the public towards the preservation of their position.

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