Wednesday, December 4, 2013

The Watchdog’s Watchdog

Taking the Heat
“Robert L. Kierstead wrote a column every other week as the Globe’s ombudsman, which he called his ‘favorite newspaper position,’ while acknowledging that it was ‘an important, challenging, and often thankless role.’” . . . 

“[He] estimated that he had fielded more than 30,000 calls and letters from readers. Based on those conversations and other research, Mr. Kierstead passed judgment in columns that established him as a watchdog for errors and missteps. If readers were upset when they called him, reporters, editors, and photographers could end up even angrier after being publicly chastised in the Globe’s pages by one of their own.”

—Robert Kierstead (1928-2013) obit by Bryan Marquand, The Boston Globe, Nov. 15, 2013 (Thanks to alert WORDster Javan Kienzle)

• Editorial Comment: Somebody’s gotta be right instead of popular.

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