Journalists don't like public criticism
- If you're in business, the market will punish you.
In all these cases, the seasoned professional learns to deal with it. But over and over today, we encounter the sorry spectacle of distinguished reporters losing it when their work is publicly attacked -- or columnists sneering at the feedback they get in poorly moderated web comments.
- Clark Hoyt recently concluded his tenure as the New York Times' "public editor" (a.k.a. ombudsman) with a farewell column that described the reactions of Times journalists to his work....
"If you say that, I'll have to kill myself"? Even in jest, the line suggests a thinness of skin entirely inappropriate to any public figure. "Journalists don't relish being criticized in public any more than anyone else," according to Hoyt. Yet the work of journalists so often involves criticizing others in public that it is something they must expect in return. Surely they, of all professionals, ought to be able to take what they readily dish out. ""...
'Times journalists have been astonishingly candid, even when facing painful questions any of us would want to duck. Of course, journalists don't relish being criticized in public any more than anyone else. A writer shaken by a conclusion I was reaching told me, if you say that,
- I'll have to kill myself. I said, no, you won't.
Well, the writer said, I'll have to go in the hospital. I wrote what I intended, with no ill consequences for anyone's health.'
- from comments on above article