MEGAN MCARDLE WEIGHS IN on the Atlantic/Jill Greenberg photo scandal: “Magazines have to extend their writers and photographers a great deal of trust. The editors can’t follow people around to make sure that they don’t make up quotes or stage photographs, any more than the department chair can follow around historians to ensure that they do accurate research. Occasionally, writers like Stephen Glass or Jayson Blair, or photographers like Jill Greenberg, violate that trust. But that isn’t because the editors lack integrity, or endorse their reprehensible actions. In cases like this, all a magazine can do is refuse to employ Ms. Greenberg again–a course that I suspect will be followed by any magazine with integrity.”
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