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October 03, 2007

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metroknow

What I don't get about this (please help me understand, venerable newspaper journalists) is why Asimov didn't just disclose a little in the first place for this type of article? Does it erode his credibility that much to add an addendum that says you are a friend/acquaintance of one of the subjects of the article, particularly when you are writing an article that is not your corner of the paper anyway (he is the Wine critic, yes?)?

I suppose it could have disqualified him according to the NYT's rules (thanks for the research, Kevin), but it seems like the spirit of the guidelines is to maintain both the appearance and the persistence of honesty and integrity, which simple disclosure seems to accomplish.

If he was honest about his relationship with the restaurateurs in the first place, it would all be a non-issue. And had I read a little italicized para at the end of the article stating as much, I would still have enjoyed the article...So why not just disclose it?

Joe Wilson

Kevin,

I'm glad WW picked up on this too. Good job! As a journalist, I clearly understand that Mr. Asimov holds all of our reputations in his hands. Thanks for holding his feet to the fire. Trust is so hard to earn again, once it is gone.

Joe Wilson

Kevin Allman

Metroknow: I agree with you that an addendum or explanation would've cleared up a lot. And it still would.

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