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Murdoch’s World by David Folkenflik

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10

A TOTEBAG TO A KNIFE FIGHT

AN EDITOR NOT INVOLVED IN terminating Williams’s contract suggested I might need to track it down and file a “spot”—a short item about a minute long. And so the games began. Along with Brian Stelter of the New York Times, I broke the story online late the night of October 18 and early the next morning; the news about Williams appeared in the Times in print on October 19 and instantly drew a drumbeat of heavy and overwhelmingly negative coverage on Twitter, on blogs, in print, and on the air.

On October 21, things just got worse for NPR. Few people, even internally, would defend the way in which Williams was dropped—by ...

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