New York Times Editor on What His Paper Owes the Reader

By: Joe Pompeo | Capital New York

In the wake of the videotaped beheadings of American journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff at the hands of the jihadist group ISIS, New York Times executive editor Dean Baquet weighed in on a debate that has loomed large as footage of the killings spread like wildfire across the web: to watch or not to watch.

It’s a particularly tricky question for news professionals, who’ve had to weigh the value of informing the public about the details of these horrific deaths against the inclination, much encouraged on social media, to resist morbid curiosity.

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