Why Slate shuns quotes, fact-checkers

Slate Group editor-in-chief Jacob Weisberg talked with students at Columbia recently and Allan Kustanovich reported some highlights in Womens Wear Daily: "We hate quotations at Slate. We almost never use quotes. They don’t do anything. They waste the readers’ time. Only use quotes when you can’t say it better yourself." Also, "I’m against fact-checking because I think it encourages error. The items I’ve made mistakes in are when I’ve been fact-checked."

March 8, 2012

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