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  •  However a journalist does not write a story (5+ / 0-)

    based on what he does not know, even if he acknowledges it; he goes out and digs up the information and then prints the story when there is not these large holes.  This smacks of "telephone journalism" we have seen in the past when a reporter makes a couple of calls and then writes an article to meet a deadline.  A good reporter wears out his phone and his shoe leather

    •  so, how do you know... (1+ / 0-)
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      SpamNunn

      So, how do you know that the writer didn't make heroic efforts to get additional info but hit a brick wall of official silence?

      It happens all the time in journalism.

      SpamNunn is right. There is nothing wrong with the article.

      •  No...because the whole basis for the story (3+ / 0-)

        In the first place is based upon what zealots with a clear bias and agenda are saying...hearsay.

         Since when are stories written based upon just one group's version of events? They are given a free platform here to spew their biased commentary.

        Without the zealots angle, it is just a story of tragic death of a young pregnant woman, which is really all it should be at this point. Too much print space was given to speculative commentary here of a biased agenda laden group. Once the facts are known, then go ahead and write away, but it's clearly speculative at best, and severely biased malpractice incorrect conjecture at worst.

        Government of, for, and by the wealthy corporate political ruling class elites. We are the 99%-OWS.

        by emal on Sun Feb 17, 2013 at 01:19:57 PM PST

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      •  reread the disclaimers in the article (1+ / 0-)
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        arlene

        There are many other sources he could have accessed, ranging from the medical board to other family members to the owners of the clinic to local reporters looking to share a byline who might have an inside track.

        Lots of different avenues left unexplored.  Had this been a former student of mine, I would have been disappointed at his lazy journalism

      •  You'll never read a story about (0+ / 0-)

        a woman dying from a normal pregnancy -- which does still happen. Rarely, but it happens. So if these tragedies are not common, why report on them? Because abortion is a hot-button issue and the forced-birthers get most of the air time. The reporter could have at least described the circumstances that might lead a woman to consider abortion at 33 weeks. He could also quote someone from the American College of OB/gyns.

        The civil rights, gay rights and women's movements, designed to allow others to reach for power previously grasped only by white men, have made a real difference, and the outlines of 21st century America have emerged. -- Paul West of LA Times

        by LiberalLady on Mon Feb 18, 2013 at 01:25:11 PM PST

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