The Desk Wants to Know
December 16, 2016  16:18
Times journalists are fearless when they hear statements like "Trump says he's going to sue you' or "You're not allowed in here' or "The mayor denounced your story at his press conference.'What will make them quail are the words: "The desk wants to know" -- "That means a copy editor has found something bewildering, confusing or flat-out wrong in your story. And the copy is going nowhere until the matter is resolved."

This classic served up by the NYT. Do read
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