Dirty Laundering

Friday, July 26, 2013


This week, the gossip website The Dirty posted screenshots of explicit chats between an anonymous woman and New York City mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner. Even though the legitimacy of the screenshots could not be confirmed, other news outlets ran the information, and within hours Buzzfeed had identified and named the woman in the chats. Brooke talks to McKay Coppins, Buzzfeed's political editor, about reporting, transparency, and veracity.


McKay Coppins

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Brooke Gladstone

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sally Edelstein from Ny

Anthony Weiner's lewd pictures give new meaning to a "Kodak Moment" Weiners salacious snapshots stand in sharp contrast to those syrupy sentimental ads that were Kodak trademark for decades. For a humorous look at those stark contrasts


Aug. 02 2013 09:57 AM
Thatwood B. Telling from The Village

Worse than what Buzzfeed-- much, much worse-- is what the NY Times did (glancingly dealt with by Brooke), which was to initially go with the story citing only Buzzfeed and its source, The Dirty. This means that the most trusted news organization in the land, without verifying with their own sources, went with a gossipy story fed by a third-rate gossip site through a second-rate trash-'n'-trivia site. The story turns out to have been true, but that was beside the point when I was reading the Times' story, neither knowing its veracity nor why on earth they'd felt compelled to jettison good journalism practices in order to get this bit of sex scandal online before they could confirm the information with Wiener's campaign (which they eventually did).

I used to expect better from the Times. But, sadly, I see this as just one more example of the lower journalism standards expected from their bloggers in comparison to the writers who contribute to their traditional news sections. It's all part of their pathetic rush to pander to younger readers who they think (correctly?) are willing to accept less credible stories as long as they get them just as soon as they can be typed up.

Jul. 27 2013 10:54 PM
Lisa from Forest Hills, NY

To suggest this story was "news" is disingenuous. The news is reporting on this to stir up emotions. Nothing about this story suggests anything about what Weiner is or is not capable of as a potential Mayor. Allowing our eyes to be taken off the ball is not good. This story is a nothing compared to the real issues. Stop reporting on bs that is no one's business other than those in Weiner's immediate family.

Jul. 26 2013 08:16 PM

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