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A Lecture for the New Media Set

Kauffmann on John Koblin's Tweet and "journalistic integrity"
December 1, 2010

I’m going to guess that Paterson communications director Peter Kauffmann is more your leisurely Sunday Times reader than your short-is-best Twitter fiend.

He showed his stripes in early February when he issued a curt knuckle-slapping to then New York Observer media reporter John Koblin.

Koblin, you might recall, was one of the first reporters—along with then New York Daily News reporter/blogger Elizabeth Benjamin—to go public with rumors buzzing about the capital that the New York Times was working on a “bombshell” story involving the governor. Koblin tweeted the rumor on February 5, asking his followers if they had heard anything similar.

The same day, Kauffmann sent Koblin this inbox-singeing response.

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If anything was further discussed, it isn’t in these e-mails. Must have played out on that tried-and-true and not-so-innovative-anymore social media tool, the telephone.

Joel Meares is a former CJR assistant editor.