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Re: “The Telltale Text

This is woefully inept reporting. It appears as if the Bohemian has done nothing more than file a series of public records requests and use that as the basis for skewering a competing news organization. I can't say whether the assertions in this story are true - that the PD's ownership is influencing coverage of a favored politician - they very well may be. But journalism - good journalism - owes an obligation to prove that. Here, the author has clearly fallen short. He takes one example, the bosco-carillo text after the lopez tragedy, and uses that to make a leap of logic backward to suggest that a similar thing may have happened after Carillo's arrest. No other hard evidence is provided, just circumstantial "proof" that may not prove anything. Had the author presented this in a court of law he would have been laughed out of the courtroom by both judge and jury. This story Is akin to a prosecutor arguing, "Well the defendant has done the crime once, so clearly he's done It before!" Thankfully, our legal system has protections built in for this. In journalism, that duty rests with a skilled editor. Sadly, in this case at least, it doesn't appear the Bohemian has one.

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Posted by PeterJensen on 04/17/2014 at 9:15 AM

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