While Margaret Sullivan’s job is to hold the feet of her colleagues to the fire when necessary, she also sits in the newsroom with them and is employed by the newspaper, which creates an inherent conflict of interest.
New York Times public editor Margaret Sullivan says in some cases transparency by journalists can trump the principle of objectivity, although she still argues that reporters should refrain from expressing opinions. Unfortunately for the Times, that horse has already left the barn.
After critics accused its new Jerusalem bureau chief of making inappropriate comments about the Middle East on Twitter and Facebook, the New York Times has appointed a senior editor review her posts — but this robs social media of the power it has when used for journalism.
Last night, as the results of the 2012 election rolled in, millions of Americans were glued to their TVs, computers and smartphones. But those who had relied on Nate Silver and FiveThirtyEight throughout the campaign had to turn to TV networks and Twitter at the end.
The public editor for the New York Times has provided some fairly dramatic evidence of her independence by questioning whether the newspaper should still be naming former BBC director general Mark Thompson as its new CEO, given his involvement in a scandal at the broadcaster.