Great Time to Hear from New York Times Public Editor

Clark F. Hoyt

Clark F. Hoyt

The kickoff lecture for W&L’s 46th Institution on Journalism Ethics features Clark F. Hoyt, public editor for the New York Times. The presentation is this Friday, Nov. 7, at 5:30 p.m. in Stackhouse Theatre. It’s free and open to the public. The title of Hoyt’s talk is “‘You Must be Dumber than You Look’; My Life Second-Guessing The New York Times.” Speaking days after the presidential election, Hoyt will likely address issues of coverage fairness that he has discussed in columns over the past several months. A Hoyt column that generated a lot of response was titled “Keeping Their Opinions to Themselves.” Wrote Hoyt:

Bias is a tricky thing. None of us are objective. We like news that supports our views and dislike what may challenge them. We tend to pick apart each article, word by word, failing to remember that it is part of a river of information from which facts can be plucked to support many points of view. Perversely, we magnify what displeases us and minimize what we like.

In preparation for Friday’s speech, you can read more of Hoyt’s columns on the Public Editor’s page and you can follow him on his blog.

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