Problem at the Post
In several recent articles that have appeared in the New York Post, there has been a breakdown of journalistic standards and ethics.
These articles make sensational claims while providing little or no attribution. These articles lack objectivity. These articles are not balanced or fair.
In addition, there is clear evidence that the reporter who wrote the articles had a role in creating the news he was covering.
This occurred twice this week. In the first instance, the reporter, who also hosts a local radio show, encouraged an Assemblyman who is a political opponent of the governor to file an ethics complaint against the governor. The reporter is heard in the broadcast repeatedly urging the Assemblyman to take the action. When the Assemblyman subsequently followed through and filed that complaint, the reporter then covered it as news in the Post.
In the second instance, the reporter used the uncorroborated comments of a comedian who appears on his radio show as the basis of an article that accused the incumbent Attorney General of using illegal drugs. The source subsequently distanced himself from the comments – saying it was not his intention to make a such an accusation against the AG.
The reporter’s conduct in these two instances is highly questionable. He appears to have generated news with the purpose of discrediting two public officials.
Most news organizations would not tolerate such behavior. Unfortunately, no one at the Post appears unwilling to even question the conduct.
This makes it imperative that other media outlets, including this small blog, speak out. This is wrong. This is a form of corruption in journalism. Reporters are not supposed to use their position to engage in activity that is clearly meant to undermine a public official or candidate. When they do that, it undermines the integrity of journalism itself.