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Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Van Susteren disputes Graff firing

For those of you who, like me, just can't get enough of this story — Dirk Van Susteren responds to the Associated Press' claim that Graff was canned in part for allowing AP reporter David Gram to participate in a Dean bio. Van Susteren, editor the RH/TA Vermont Sunday Magazine, edited the book in question.

He writes:

At our first meeting at the Capital Grounds coffee house in Montpelier, on a morning in August of 2003, Gram said to me point blank that he would only participate if I could assure him we would meet AP's standards of impartiality. I gave him that assurance, and he passed that on to Graff and was granted permission to participate in the project.

I know little about the AP's freelance policy; I don't know if Graff needed to go up the AP chain of bureaucratic command to get permission to allow Gram's participation. But I strongly believe that both Gram, and Graff, made a good-faith effort toward a worthy journalistic goal. And for that, at least, the two should have been commended, not condemned.

May 10, 2006 at 09:12 AM in Media/Keeping an eye on the competition | Permalink


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