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Thursday, March 15, 2007

The Goldschmidt Factor?

Hallman history resurfaces
Echoes of another Oregonian problem with truthfulness about underage sex

Si Newhouse's statewide monopoly daily, The Oregonian, should be riding high, with newly-named nominees for Pulitzer awards in three categories (albeit, thanks to ample representation on the juries.)

Instead, 1320 SW Broadway is reeling under the fallout from its continuing ethical shortfalls. The Tom Hallman-Andrew Weiderhorn bribery scandal has now cast a shadow over The Oregonian sufficient to taint not only its national image but also, should any of its nominations win this year, the Pulitzer committee itself.

First in this week's update, from the archives, is an item from four months ago that reminds readers of Nigel Jaquiss' Pulitzer Prize-winning work in 2004, in Willamette Week:

Willamette Week, Nov. 1, 2006, Losers
Pulitzer Prize-winning Oregonian reporter Tom Hallman Jr. is 0-for-2 in big Sunday profiles this year. His recent profile of ailing bluesman Curtis Salgado warranted an editor's note Sunday, saying Hallman failed to tell readers interested in aiding Salgado that Salgado was convicted of having sex in 1996 with an underage girl. Last spring, Hallman's profile of math whiz Mark Provo also generated a follow-up ed's note, correcting five errors of fact.

Meanwhile, from the advertiser-favoritism front:

A dart for The Oregonian
Oregon Media Insiders, submitted by JimL on Mon, 03/12/2007 - 3:37pm

Columbia Journalism Review's latest edition hurls a dart at the Big O for its fawning coverage of Macy's [its largest advertiser], particularly its 12/31 [sic] editorial praising it for keeping the downtown store open during the holidays despite the construction. (You can read that Christmas Eve editorial headlined "Miracle on Fifth Avenue": here.)

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