Or so says the Baltimore Sun’s David Zurawik…who also throws an elbow at Brian Stelter for using anonymous network sources…
Could the attempt to marginalize this channel by the “senior television news executive” be any more obvious?
Maybe to you and me, but apparently not the reporter, media editor and public editor at the Times.
I guess, if the Times wants to be used this way, that is its right. But why not tell the “senior television news executive” that he or she has to be named or the quote will not be used? Or, how about telling us what network or channel they are a “senior television news executive” at, so we can judge?
CNN, for example, has a lot to lose if Al Jazeera America is even a little successful. The modest ratings gains CNN has managed to make in 2013 under new president Jeff Zucker are going to disappear pretty fast if Al Jazeera America splits or even takes a bite out of the audience on big, breaking news stories. And with CNN under Zucker favoring sensational trials over coups and riots in places like Egypt, Al Jazeera could find a breaking news audience very fast.
If this quote came from someone at CNN, which is owned by the same Time Warner that has so far kept Al Jazeera America off its cable systems, the New York Times should be ashamed of printing it without such disclosure. But we will never know because the paper gave the speaker anonymity so she or he could attempt to marginalize Al Jazeera America without accountability or risk.
Ditto for NBC News or Fox or anyone else at any other network. And why only one voice speaking for all “would-be competitors at big broadcast news divisions…and cable news channels…”?