“Some of the blogs take a toll on our reporters”

So said New York Times Assistant Managing Editor Richard Berke, according to the notes of Clay Waters at Times Watch. Berke complained that “there are people dedicated to analyzing and picking apart whatever we say and do, not always in a bad way, but sometimes it’s just mean-spirited.” Therefore, reporters “have to be careful.” What kind of care must they exercise? Not care to avoid misrepresntations and biased reporting, but care “not to pull their punches.” Care, in short, not to be careful.

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