Geez, you might as well as for a Pony and a Mansion while you're at it. The problem with the limitation of facts, is that Ms. Hass is publishing an op-ed, which is an opinion piece, not a journalistic story. While some may quibble about this, it is an important, maybe the central point. Pundits, are people who write based on a particular opinion, and they range in quality and tone, from the good to bad, and moderate to extreme. Other examples of this writer include people like Robert Fisk, Tom Friedman, David Ignatious (who incidentily, puts up a good op-ed on Arab Journalists in todays Washington Post. For those who don't trust the Post, he usually is syndicated in the Lebanese Daily Star). At the extremes, you find people like Rush Limbaugh and Ramzey Baroud who fit the moniker of Polemicist. In this style of writing, the goal is the advance an opinion or an argument, not provide facts. The job of responsibility for collecting facts, falls the the journalist or reporter, who is trying to discuss a specific story or event. Journalists (attempt to) focus on what's called the five"w's" (no connection to the current US President) of who, what, where, when, and why. Within this story, the writer attempts to provide an objecitve framework (though given the variation in readership, such objectivity will likely vary) but the best of the bunch come closest to an NPOV (neutral point of view). Within this framework, correctness is key. While factual errors do regularly occur, outright falsification is considered unacceptable in a quality newsroom.
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