Monday, May 23, 2005

Newsweek limits anonymous sources

"The day America died?"

NEW YORK (AP) - Newsweek has announced plans to limit the magazine's use of anonymous sources following a scandal in which one of its stories was blamed for deadly protests in Afghanistan. In a letter to readers appearing in Monday's edition, Newsweek Chairman and Editor-in-Chief Richard Smith apologized for the original report and said the magazine will raise standards for unnamed sources.

Two of the magazine's top editors will be assigned sole responsibility for approving the use of such sources, and the magazine will stop using the phrase "sources said" to attribute information in stories, Smith said. "We got an important story wrong, and honor requires us to admit our mistake and redouble our efforts to make sure that nothing like this ever happens again," he wrote.


I'm not so sure that was a good move Newsweek. How many stories were from "anonymous sources?" I understand you are trying to improve quality and don't want mistakes, but now your magazine is going to be mighty thin. :/

Malachy Joyce is on this one. Check out this disgraceful cover of Newsweek's Japanese version. (February 2005)

(UPDATE- silly me forgot to link him)

-As you can see, the cover story shows an American flag, dirtied and tossed in a trash can, its staff snapped in two. The large white text reads, "Amerika ga shinda hi", which translates to "The day America died."


-Aaron's cc