Monday, May 23, 2005

Newsweek does the "Tighten Up"

Newsweek has tightened up its policies on the use of anonymous sources in the wake of the Koran-Desecration flap, USA Today reports.

Only "top" editors will now be allowed to sign off on the use of anonymous sources. Kind of makes you wonder who was signing off on them before.

Also sort of reminds me of that scene at the end of Raiders of the Lost Ark, when Indiana Jones is asking the government agents what they've done with the Ark of the Covenant. They reply, "we have top people working on it...TOP people."

I feel so reassured.

Editor Mark Whitaker wrote that the episode "has been a sobering reminder of how much reach and resonance Newsweek has around the world, and the responsibility that carries with it."

Sobering, huh? Yeah, I suppose drunkeness is as good an excuse as any for the screw-up.

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