‘Willingness to admit error is key in the fake news era’ | Open door | Chris Elliott

To mark the 20th anniversary of the Guardian readers’ editor role, the incumbent asked his three predecessors to recall their time in the post. In this third instalment, Chris Elliott recalls how the reality of dealing with 24/7 global journalism made for a tough but worthwhile battle

One of the comments below my first Open Door column was: “Congratulations on your new poisoned chal…. err, job.”

Ha, ha, I thought. In those balmy days of August 2010 a gentle ribbing within a warm welcome seemed to bode well.

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