Linking is good thinking

There’s nothing like a long weekend (Monday being “Family Day” here in Ontario) to catch up on a bit of reading.

Among the nuggets I got to today was this Dec 3 item on why Frank Rich of the New York Times is such a prolific linker in his online columns.

Rich told Edward J Delaney at Nieman Journalism Lab:

“It helps bulletproof the column, because if they say ‘He must be making that up,’ they can look and see — here’s the source, take a look and judge it for yourself….If I’m citing a figure, at the most banal level, from the Labor Department or a poll or an economic report, [why not] link to the whole document it comes from?”