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Continued: Tevlin: If Syria story is true, why is Minnesota news site hiding?

  • Article by: JON TEVLIN , Star Tribune
  • Last update: October 1, 2013 - 7:32 AM

“If it’s true, this [Syria] story is gold,” said Kirtley. Because the reporter and editor disagree so dramatically on how the “scoop” was obtained, it’s hard to figure out which is right.

“I don’t know, but I suspect it’s somewhere in the middle,” said Kirtley.

On its website, MintPress boasts that it offers “context and insight into issues and stories often overlooked by the current establishment media.”

What’s less certain is whether they exhibit the same standards for the truth. Star Tribune editor Nancy Barnes said a story as sensational as the Syria piece would demand alternative sources, hopefully a photographer or security personnel accompanying the reporter. If a reporter wanted her byline removed, it would “certainly raise red flags,” said Barnes.

In my experience, if a publication had a scoop this large with the potential to alter international events and stop a war, and was confident in the story, it wouldn’t drop the story and go into hiding.

It would be promoting itself for a Pulitzer.

 

jtevlin@startribune.com • 612-673-1702

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