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The “Truth Vigilante”

Arthur Brisbane, the NYT public editor, ignited an interesting controversy on journalism, objectivity and the role of fact-checking. In his column on January 12, 2012, he asked whether the NYT journalists should be “Truth Vigilantes”

The comments were unanimous and rather embarrassing. The one that made the biggest impression on me was this article by Todd Gitlin.

Please read both articles, some of the comments to Brisbane’s articles, and tell me what do you think journalists should do? Or, in other words, how should we go about fact-checking?