Mercury News’ Lisa Chung: ‘Blog-style column falls way short’

In her column today, Mercury News columnist Lisa Chung shares her thoughts on the hate speech printed by AsianWeek:

Even if you think newspapers are dead, this is what happens when an editor falls down on the job. And this is what happens when a callow young writer — or the Net-loving public at large — can’t distinguish between the kind of opinion-mongering that is rampant in the blogosphere and writing and reporting that adheres to journalistic standards.

“The editor is the gatekeeper,” said Yumi Wilson, assistant professor of journalism at San Francisco State University. She teaches journalism ethics, opinion and newswriting. The editor has to ask, “Where’s the research? Where’s the original reporting?”

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