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From AJR,   June/July 2013  issue


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The Quote Approval Dilemma

I enjoyed Jodi Enda's piece on the quote approval conundrum in AJR's Winter issue. I came up in old-school journalism (University of Minnesota, 1961) and can appreciate the dilemma facing today's journalists. Your interviews yielded some fascinating insights. Thank you!

Marie Parsons

Tuscaloosa, Alabama

The Post's Sarah Palin Gaffe

I won't argue the importance or lack thereof, of President Barack Obama's skeet shooting and whether it was worthy of the attention it received in the Washington Post and elsewhere.
[See AJR Editor and Senior Vice President Rem Rieder's column, "Too Zany for The Onion"] I will argue that the Post's story that Sarah Palin was joining Al Jazeera is demonstrative of a mind-set of many journalists toward the former governor. [The Post based its story on an item on the satirical Web site The Daily Currant.] The story has since been corrected, but the fact that The Daily Currant was used by a writer on the Post as a news source goes beyond the pale. Really this got by at least one editor.

H. Michael Sarkisian

Wenigzell, Austria