A Swift-boating in Jersey

LESSONS IN JOURNALISTIC OBJECTIVITY

I became well acquainted with political spin during the many years I covered New York City politics as a newspaper reporter. Yet, even with that background, I’ve been a little dizzied by the brazenness of what the spin doctors have been dishing up this year in the race for the U.S. Senate in New Jersey. The story raises important issues for the practice of journalism.

As a cub reporter at a small New Jersey newspaper more than a...

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Paul Moses, a professor of journalism at Brooklyn College/CUNY, is the author of The Saint and the Sultan: The Crusades, Islam and Francis of Assisi's Mission of Peace (Doubleday, 2009).