The New York Times actually ran this editorial today.
"Should The Times Be a Truth Vigilante?
By ARTHUR S. BRISBANE
I’m looking for reader input on whether and when New York Times news reporters should challenge “facts” that are asserted by newsmakers they write about." blah-blah-blah,ya-da,ya-da ya-da.
Now, I didn't go to J-school (journalism school), having learned my reportorial skills OJT, courtesy of an editor named Kevin Ireland, and later a publisher named Scott Shane.
What I learned from both of them was something called "vetting your source;" i.e., checking out the person who was feeding you the crap you were writing about. NObody tells un-slanted truth. Everyone that talks to a reporter has a bias they want to proffer, and the reporter is the schmuck (or genius) who figures out/writes the truth or lie. Theoretically. Apparently they don't teach that in J-school.
Here it is 2012 and the Gray Lady is asking whether they should be doing that?
No wonder we let the media elect an amateur as president. Holy crap!!!
(And, yes, I've been published in the effin' New York Times.)