Monday, June 27, 2005

New York Times violates its own code to cheap shot Peter Jackson

In a recent article in the New York Times:

"A litigator for New Line, speaking on the condition of anonymity because he is working on this lawsuit, said the money paid to Mr. Jackson so far is in line with the contract he signed. 'Peter Jackson is an incredible filmmaker who did the impossible on 'Lord of the Rings,' this lawyer said. 'But there's a certain piggishness involved here. New Line already gave him enough money to rebuild Baghdad, but it's still not enough for him.'"

From the NYT's Policy on Confidential News Sources:

"We do not grant anonymity to people who use it as cover for a personal or partisan attack. If pejorative opinions are worth reporting and cannot be specifically attributed, they may be paraphrased or described after thorough discussion between writer and editor. The vivid language of direct quotation confers an unfair advantage on a speaker or writer who hides behind the newspaper, and turns of phrase are valueless to a reader who cannot assess the source."

It's nice to know they have scruples, isn't it?

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