Here’s an interesting article about the editing of opinion articles–which is what I consider a blog even from a news writer — in the Washington Post.
On Wednesday, Bill Turque, the Washington Post’s education beat reporter, posted an excellent blog item showing his readers a little bit of the inside game at his paper. It was titled “One Newspaper, Two Stories”—a title that, by the end of the day, would become more apt than Turque ever could have expected.
That’s because editors pulled the post off the site Wednesday night, replacing it hours later with a new, dialed-back version.
So how much free speech is free when your own editors re-write and don’t indicate that they changed your work? Sure some editing is part of an editor’s job but an opinion article that no longer expresses the writer’s opinion seems to be off track.
What do you think?