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Deal with distortions QUICKLY

DISCUSSIONS | May 27, 2006

Bill McIlwain

1958 Nieman fellow; retired, former editor of Newsday and New York Newsday, as well as several other big papers.

I will keep it short:

I would do more through hard digging and "analysis" bugs to deal QUICKLY with accusations that struck me as distorted or untrue. The "swift boat" episode in the last election is the type thing I have in mind. We learned in McCarthy days that just saying someone said something was not enough.

I would work hard not to miss the chance to write some light-hearted stories, pleasing to readers. Written deftly with appealing touches.

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