NYT: It's OK for a newspaper to say a source is lying

The good news: The New York Times called shenanigans on a quote in the same story the quote appeared in, saying "This is false." The less-exciting news: It happened in a story about competing pizza restaurants. But still, as Jay Rosen points out, praise is in order. This is something journalism needs more of, and if it has to start with a pizza feud, so be it.


  1. Well, Michael Wilson can say good-bye to his access to the fascinating world of pizza purveyance.  The New York Times will no longer be a useful source of information for the pizza lovers of the world!

  2. I don’t think Mr. Mangano meant “Nobody ever heard of Ralph Cuomo” literally. He meant it in the sense that the pizza-eating population had never heard of him. That the FBI knew of Ralph Cuomo’s existence doesn’t make Mr. Mangano’s figurative statement false.

    Yes, it would be nice if fact-checking happened more often. But this isn’t the greatest example of it.

  3. Imagine if that became common.  There are a lot of glib, smirking pathological liars making a living as “news analysts” whose too-toothed grins would suddenly become more brittle.

    In fact, I’d like to see it go farther, and hook those fuckers up to lie detectors with electroshock feedback.

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