The New York Times commissioned a profile of a Neo-Nazi white supremacist leader in Ohio, and it made Jimmy Fallon’s softball interview of Trump on the Tonite Show, look like hard hitting journalism.
We discover that he worried about his wedding, that he goes shopping, that they eat at Applebee’s, that he loves the TV shows Twin Peaks and Seinfeld, etc.
Any number of people have excoriated the Times over this, and the author wrote a rather self-serving response to the criticism where he basically threw up his hands and said, “Sometimes a soul, and its shape, remain obscure to both writer and reader.”
Basically, he said that there was no story there.
If there was no story, then he should have told his editor, and his editor should seen that there was no story, and should have spiked the story, because the alternative was a story that presented no insight, no information, and no news.
Absolute crap journalism.
Journalists and editors need to know when to cut their losses and walk away from a story.