Truth Vigilantes, Attack!

Why shouldn't the press call out political lies?

When New York Times public editor Arthur Brisbane took to his blog on Jan. 12 to ask his readers, should the TIMES BE A TRUTH VIGILANTE? he did more than coin an awesome potential band name. He voiced a major concern of the press in an election year about how far political reporters should go in challenging dubious claims. And he touched a nerve among readers: within hours he had hundreds of comments, most echoing Karen Schlosberg, who wrote, "I am speechless and horrified that the Times feels it needs to ask that question."

In fairness to Brisbane, he wasn't suggesting...

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