I truly don't understand this journalism belief that if you have evidence of wrong doing, you must get a comment from the offending person/org or your reporting doesn't count. The evidence exists. Some person/org mumbling "I refute these allegations" adds nothing
I was reminded by @happierman yesterday that a podcast was once cancelled by WNYC because they reported on offensive emails by a professor but didn't reach out to him for comment. My question: who cares? They have the emails. Why do we need to hear him lie that they don't exist?
Traditional journalism has a number of these seemingly neutral but actually poisonous beliefs, like the "objectivity" that leads them to want to interview climate science deniers despite and other positions that are actively harmful to give a platform to.
These journalism rules are always couched in this kind of high-minded ethos way, but to me they seem like ill-thought out articles of faith that are often actively harmful in practice
lol someone replied to this being like "I think you're in the wrong business" buddy my business is making up shit about ufos above a fictional town, and I'm great at it.

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