Journalists seem to discover their opinions after leaving newspaper jobs

Rob Pegoraro
Of course, it’s not as if they didn’t form opinions when they were working, writes Rob Pegoraro, a former Washington Post columnist. He likens news outlets’ restrictive social media guidelines to the U.S. military’s recently rescinded “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy. “What makes us journalists is not some magical firewall in our heads that blocks after-hours contemplation of our reporting, but a willingness to look for evidence that disproves whatever theory we’ve been working on in a story. We fail our obligation to the truth not by developing opinions, but by letting them divert our research.” || Related: New website builds dossiers on journalists, hopes transparency will lead to trust (

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  • Anonymous

    No, they wouldn’t have, because the link is *right at the top* – this is how Romenesko always worked. I’m hardly one to hesitate before lambasting Poynter for its many idiocies, but this isn’t one of them. Yeesh.

  • Anonymous

    Why didn’t you mention that? Takes only a few words. I thought he was writing in the Washington Post. Every editor I had would have called me on it.

  • Poynter

    @andygeller:disqus , he wrote it on his blog, which is simply named Rob Pegoraro. The link is in the top line of the post.

    Steve Myers

  • Anonymous

    Steve: where is Pegoraro writing this. Your eight-line summary with byline and photo and appropriate quotations marks didn’t say.