Herald Hacks at Globe Cab Story (III)

Today’s Boston Herald takes another whack at crosstown rival Boston Globe’s Driven to the Edge three-part taxidermy of the city’s cab industry.

The latest piece:

Boston GlobeTimes defends Globe undercover scribe

A Boston Globe reporter masquerading as a cab driver for an undercover report appears to have violated the New York Times ethics policy, yet was defended by the Times yesterday.

Times policy clearly states that “staff members and others on assignment for us should disclose their identity to people they cover, though they need not always announce their occupation when seeking information normally available to the public.”

The policy further notes that “journalists may not pose as anyone they are not — for example, police officers or lawyers.”

But Times spokeswoman Eileen M. Murphy insisted Globe Spotlight Team reporter Bob Hohler “was within the policies” when he failed to identify himself as a reporter when he applied for a job at the Boston Cab Co. for the purposes 
of his undercover report.

 

Our feisty local tabloid, not surprisingly, disagrees.

You tell us.

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2 Responses to Herald Hacks at Globe Cab Story (III)

  1. […] Read the rest at It’s Good to Live in a Two-Daily Town. […]

  2. Mike Pardee says:

    Maybe the commentariat commandos will put aside childish things and delve into the vital issues raised by the Globe’s terrific series.

    The public doesn’t give a farthing how one of the reporters did or did not identify hisself to a dodgy taxi outfit.

    Mike Royko is turning over in his chilly tomb. It’s the story that counts. Pass the Chivas.

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