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N.Y. Times Reporter Paid Source For Story

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posted on Mar, 6 2007 @ 09:20 PM
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N.Y. Times Reporter Paid Source For Story


www.msnbc.msn.com

NEW YORK - The New York Times acknowledged Tuesday that a reporter who wrote an acclaimed 2005 article about a teenage Internet pornographer helped gain the boy’s trust by sending him a $2,000 check.

Former Times staff writer Kurt Eichenwald made the payment in June 2005 to Justin Berry, who at the time was an 18-year-old star in a seedy network of child-porn sites.

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posted on Mar, 6 2007 @ 09:20 PM
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There are many who are critical of the New York Times as a source for news. When they admit to paying a source for a story, even one such as this, is there sufficient cause to question every exclusive story they run?

Can a popular source for news such as this be trusted as a source for news now? Can a paid source be trusted to give accurate information, or are they just in it for the money?

Ethics in journalism fails when competing for exclusive news.


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posted on Mar, 6 2007 @ 09:43 PM
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Unless you can prove that Berry was paid to tell lies in order for Eichenwald to create a story I don't see what the problem is.
Providing a journalist can prove that a story is true from other sources I don't have a problem with money being paid for an exclusive.



posted on Mar, 6 2007 @ 10:57 PM
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Generally reputable news organizations have a policy against paying for stories. That's usually the purview of tabloids and celeb mags etc.

[edit on 3/6/2007 by djohnsto77]



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