Talk:David Barstow

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Media coverage[edit]

I found in the accompanying article

The major American news media organizations have almost completely refused to mention Barstow's name in news reports or talk about his investigations because they are implicated in them.

The lead of the cited source says something quite different, and my scan of the rest text supports only the lead, tho more careful examination may be worthwhile. The lead's language is

... completely suppressed by virtually every network and cable news show, which to this day have never informed their viewers about what Barstow uncovered.

There's a real possibility that Glenn Greenwald, the author of the cited source, is a principled journalist, because again, IFAI can see, he refused to claim to read the minds of even "virtually every network and cable news show['s]" management or their bosses, and say why they didn't. Not so difficult a feat in this case for our contributor.
I've changed the wording & substance:

Most American television networks have failed to either mention Barstow's name in their news reports, or talk about his investigations that suggest the officers whose views they aired were biased.

IMO, the insinuations he did make about base motives on the part of the networks are to vague to either survive paraphrasing or justify direct quotation. YMMV, in which case i for one welcome further editing that neither misstates the source nor engages OR via SYNTH. --Jerzyt 23:56, 17 May 2009 (UTC)

Good job on fixing that up. On the other hand, what's the deal with automatically assuming bad faith on my part and giving me a "last warning" for "vandalism" on my talk page, and threatening an RFC? That was completely unwarranted. Esn (talk) 00:44, 18 May 2009 (UTC)
In hindsight, the previous wording was indeed a synthesis of information. But as far as I can tell, synthesis is not considered vandalism on Wikipedia ("any addition, removal, or change of content made in a deliberate attempt to compromise the integrity of Wikipedia"). My mistake was being clumsy and posting the natural conclusion that I came to from reading the article rather than merely the symptoms that it described. However, for some reason you immediately assumed that my intention was malicious and threatened to ban me over it. I find this unbecoming of any Wikipedia editor, particularly an administrator, and I would like an apology. Esn (talk) 01:16, 18 May 2009 (UTC)

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