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New York Times Sent Unpublished Columns to the Obama Administration for Vetting
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Posted on 09/15/2012 5:13:23 AM PDT by chessplayer

The New York Times is developing a bad habit of sending its columns to the Obama administration for approval. Daniel Harper at the Weekly Standard reported yesterday on a no-no committed by then-contributing Times columnist Peter Orszag, former director of Obama's Office of Management and Budget and an Obama-care booster in an October 20, 2010 column, "Malpractice Methodology." Halper wrote in part:

The latest Bob Woodward books reveals that Peter Orszag, at the time a columnist for the New York Times, sent a draft of an article to White House senior adviser Valerie Jarrett for review and comments before publishing.

"Orszag continued his star turn in the op-ed spotlight and a month later drafted a column to appear October 20, 2010, on the sensitive subject of Obamacare," writes Woodward of Orszag, the former OMB director. "He wanted to focus on one of its weaknesses. The health care legislation ‘does many things right,’ he wrote. ‘But it does almost nothing to reform medical malpractice laws.’"

Woodward adds, "Should he alert the White House? [Orszag] wondered. Better not to surprise them. With some discomfort, because a columnist is supposed to speak for himself, not his former employer, Orszag sent his draft to Valerie Jarrett. It was about three days before the column was scheduled to run. Here’s a draft, he wrote in an email to her. Let me know if you have any comments."

After the column ran, Jarrett was unhappy with Orszag's apparent disloyalty. According to Woodward, Orszag replied (though Woodward doesn't use quotes): "People think it’s a piece of crap. The weaknesses must be acknowledged." According to Woodward, "Jarrett’s answer was delivered with Politburo finality: You have burned your bridges."

(Orszag wrote for the Times for a few months, mostly on health care, after leaving the Obama administration. His last column appeared on December 10, 2010.)

And three weeks ago, it was uncovered that the paper's national intelligence reporter Mark Mazzetti leaked a Maureen Dowd column on the bin Laden killing to the CIA before publication. Dylan Byers of Politico reported August 28:

Newly available CIA records obtained by Judicial Watch, the conservative watchdog group, reveal that New York Times reporter Mark Mazzetti forwarded an advance copy of a Maureen Dowd column to a CIA spokesperson -- a practice that is widely frowned upon within the industry.

Mazzetti's correspondence with CIA spokeswoman Marie Harf, on Aug. 5, 2011, pertained to the Kathryn Bigelow-Mark Boal film "Zero Dark Thirty," about the killing of Osama bin Laden, and a Times op-ed column by Dowd set to be published two days later that criticized the White House for having "outsourced the job of manning up the president’s image to Hollywood."

According to Judicial Watch, Mazzetti sent Harf an advance copy of Dowd's column, and wrote: “this didn’t come from me… and please delete after you read. See, nothing to worry about!”

Times Managing Editor Dean Baquet initially claimed he could not go into detail but insisted "it's much ado about nothing." Byers commented: "Baquet would not provide further details, which means his statements amount to a plea to readers to take it on faith that Mazzetti's leak was ethically sound."

A Times spokesperson later emailed that Mazzetti had goofed: "Last August, Maureen Dowd asked Mark Mazzetti to help check a fact for her column. In the course of doing so, he sent the entire column to a CIA spokeswoman shortly before her deadline. He did this without the knowledge of Ms. Dowd. This action was a mistake that is not consistent with New York Times standards."

The paper's recently departed public editor Arthur Brisbane weighed in on the Mazzetti-CIA controversy on August 29:

I have searched The Times’s body of ethics-related guidelines and can’t find anything that directly addresses circumstances like this. The formal ethics policy has a statement saying that staff members “may not seek any advantage for themselves or others by acting on or disclosing information acquired in their work but not yet available to readers.”

Times editors, however, tell me they interpret that section to refer to financial or other material gain or advantage. I am advised further that The Times does not have a formal policy on sharing an entire article pre-publication for the purposes of fact-checking.

Brisbane concluded:

....The facts and appearances of this case strongly suggest that The Times should redouble its efforts to strengthen the boundaries that are so essential to cultivating reader trust.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: 2012; bias; corruption; democrats; dncmedia; dncrico; enemedia; facistmedia; fraud; jarrett; journolist; liberalfascism; liberalmedia; mediabais; mediabias; mediacorruption; msm; msmflacks; nyslimes; nytimes; nytimesflacks; obama; obamatruthfile; pragent4dnc; pravda; valeriejarrett; whvetsnytimes

1 posted on 09/15/2012 5:13:26 AM PDT by chessplayer
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To: chessplayer

“Obama censors ‘free’ press: White House demands final editorial approval”
July 23, 2012
By: Rustyn Rose

http://www.examiner.com/article/obama-censors-free-press-white-house-demands-final-editorial-approval

“The next time you read the paper, think of that old adage, “don’t believe everything you read.” Most likely even that has been tampered with by your president or his staff. This is the freedom of the press our service members are dying to protect, usurped by the government who placed our brave soldier’s lives in jeopardy for freedoms the Obama administration is corrupting......”


2 posted on 09/15/2012 5:16:46 AM PDT by combat_boots (The Lion of Judah cometh. Hallelujah. Gloria Patri, Filio et Spiritui Sancto.)
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To: chessplayer; kristinn; abb

Wow. This is not surprising but still disturbing to see it coming true. Ministry of Truth is real.


3 posted on 09/15/2012 5:17:27 AM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: chessplayer

Pravda did the same thing before publishing anything in the old USSR. That is the way “freedom of the press” works in totalitarian nations where government controls everything.


4 posted on 09/15/2012 5:18:13 AM PDT by txrefugee
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To: chessplayer

Sorry...this is not surprising news. And it won’t be considered “news” except here on the Right...The TIMES would say that they just wanted to be “accurate” so they checked first...and millions of liberals would nod their heads.

TIMES = Pravda


5 posted on 09/15/2012 5:25:14 AM PDT by kjo (+)
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To: txrefugee

If obama had his way, Fox News and tallk radio would be gone. Just give him four more years...


6 posted on 09/15/2012 5:26:27 AM PDT by just me (NObama)
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To: GeronL
Wow. This is not surprising but still disturbing to see it coming true. Ministry of Truth is real.

And it is only the beginning. Why do you think they have been focusing so much on how "abuses" of the Freedom of Speech "cause" violence? It is a concerted Big Lie effort to "demonstrate" why Free Speech must be "moderated"...

7 posted on 09/15/2012 5:33:53 AM PDT by trebb ("If a man will not work, he should not eat" From 2 Thes 3)
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To: chessplayer

I thought the MYTimes did the same thing with Clinton?


8 posted on 09/15/2012 5:37:14 AM PDT by <1/1,000,000th%
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To: chessplayer

Maybe NYT’s spell check ain’t working.


9 posted on 09/15/2012 5:42:25 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (I didn't post this. Someone else did.)
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To: GeronL

The govt. censored what the media could say in WWII on security grounds, but this was about obamacare. And they still needed WH approval.


10 posted on 09/15/2012 5:47:26 AM PDT by chessplayer
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To: chessplayer
Not surprising. ABC and CNN do it all the time. Just ask George Stephanopolis, and Fareed Zakaria (sp).

5.56mm

11 posted on 09/15/2012 5:48:32 AM PDT by M Kehoe
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To: GeronL

And, of course, if Romney wins the election, they will ask his approval before they print anything. sarc/


12 posted on 09/15/2012 5:51:15 AM PDT by chessplayer
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To: just me

Just 4?


13 posted on 09/15/2012 5:51:44 AM PDT by Teacher317 ('Tis time to fear when tyrants seem to kiss.)
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To: chessplayer

Cultivating trust is what liars, thieves, swindlers, creeps, and psychopaths do, not honest people.


14 posted on 09/15/2012 6:13:25 AM PDT by Reeses (An optimist believes the Republicans nominated their best. A pessimist knows they did.)
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To: chessplayer

There was a time when outrage would be appropriate. That’s not the case today.

The New York Times is like a hardened old whore complaining some “john” didn’t open the car door for her. Gimme a break... The New York Times puts out for dems - all of ‘em and this splitting of hairs over prior approval is crapola...


15 posted on 09/15/2012 6:14:51 AM PDT by GOPJ (first they came for those clinging to their guns and religion, and I did not speak out....)
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To: combat_boots; Liz; txrefugee; sickoflibs; kjo; just me; trebb; <1/1,000,000th%; ...
The New York Times has become like a hardened old whore wondering if her dress to cut too low.

Gimme a break... The Times puts out for dems - all of 'em and this splitting of hairs over prior approval is self-serving and pathetic...

16 posted on 09/15/2012 6:24:29 AM PDT by GOPJ (first they came for those clinging to their guns and religion, and I did not speak out....)
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To: chessplayer
I can't wait for this administration to be put in the grave and covered up because the tell all books will be amazing...

The almighty dollar will certainly loose some lips to tell all....I imagine the corruption that we get a glimpse to look at today is a thin veneer of a ocean of evil and malfeasance

17 posted on 09/15/2012 6:37:23 AM PDT by Popman (In a place you only dream of Where your soul is always free)
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To: chessplayer

Might some of this be explained by a discrete partial DNC ownership of the NYT in the form of say X number of online subscriptions to help stop the hemorrhaging?


18 posted on 09/15/2012 6:52:25 AM PDT by fso301
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To: chessplayer

I’m sure the NYSlimes will take strong exception when the Romney administration demands the same courtesy.


19 posted on 09/15/2012 7:00:12 AM PDT by Arm_Bears (Re-distribute my work ethic, not my wealth.)
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To: chessplayer
So we work hard, live by the supposed rules, pay taxes, are loyal to our nation, and pin our hopes for our children on a system that lets some idiot like Valerie Jarrett decide what is fit for public consumption? Why should some disgusting person like her have the right and the power to make decisions that affect my life? Did we elect her? No! Has she been vetted? No!

This administration, the leftists in it, and those who support it have absolutely no true understanding of human rights and freedom. None. Their whole shtick about ‘social justice’ is ill-conceived and pathetically self-serving and shallow. Further, I highly doubt that most in that administration would be talented enough to do much else in life than what they are currently doing, on the taxpayers’ dime.

20 posted on 09/15/2012 8:09:06 AM PDT by pieceofthepuzzle
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To: chessplayer

Yes it’s conspiracy.

The DNC made the YouTube as well.

The motive is displayed in the mega bump the entire MSM claims Obama has gotten out of it.


21 posted on 09/15/2012 12:39:23 PM PDT by NoLibZone (Every conservative knew the attacks were coming... 3.5 years ago when Obama was elected.)
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To: chessplayer
As a corporation The Times Company has seen rapidly decreasing revenue for years. In order to prop up their flagship, the company has sold off some of their most lucrative properties. This includes their whole broadcast division, several of their smaller but profitable daily papers and recently their web information service answers.com. Obama had floated the idea of a “newspaper bailout” while campaigning. What better way to appeal to a mostly corrupt print media industry. But he realized early in his term that Congress and the public would shoot it down. The White House may still be holding out this carrot, in private, to The Times and other disintegrating Big City newspapers as a possibility in a second term.
22 posted on 09/15/2012 12:43:41 PM PDT by Brad from Tennessee (A politician can't give you anything he hasn't first stolen from you.)
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To: chessplayer

I was once involved in some (friendly) articles written about me. I offered to review and comment on their drafts, and was politely told that would be a MAJOR VIOLATION of journalistic standards...which I didn’t really agree with for non-controversial (and friendly) copy (a little media lingo there) - but I respected the standard, since, if you do a hit piece, why give the hit’ee control over it.

In this case, its APPALLING that a ‘journalist’ would have the Obama Administration review stories before publishing.

They might as well be the part of the White House, if they’re doing that.


23 posted on 09/15/2012 1:34:57 PM PDT by BobL (You can live each day only once. You can waste a few, but don't waste too many.)
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To: chessplayer

24 posted on 09/15/2012 1:39:05 PM PDT by timestax (Why not drug tests for the President AND all White Hut staff ? ? ?)
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To: StarFan; Dutchy; alisasny; BobFromNJ; BUNNY2003; Cacique; Clemenza; Coleus; cyborg; DKNY; ...
Wow...

Thanks for the heads up on this one, Black Agnes.

25 posted on 09/15/2012 11:38:11 PM PDT by nutmeg (I'm with Sarah Palin and Ted Cruz: "ABO"/Ryan 2012)
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To: timestax

26 posted on 09/15/2012 11:42:52 PM PDT by timestax (Why not drug tests for the President AND all White Hut staff ? ? ?)
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To: Nachum

No suprise.

Ping


27 posted on 09/16/2012 1:21:23 AM PDT by Jet Jaguar (The pundits have forgotten the 2010 election.)
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To: nutmeg

The New York Times is a NOT a grey lady. The New York Times is a street whore...


28 posted on 09/16/2012 8:23:56 AM PDT by GOPJ (first they came for those clinging to their guns and religion, and I did not speak out....)
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To: Jet Jaguar; NorwegianViking; ExTexasRedhead; HollyB; FromLori; EricTheRed_VocalMinority; ...

Thanks Jet Jaguar (Nope.. no surprise at all)

The list, Ping

Let me know if you would like to be on or off the ping list

http://www.nachumlist.com/


29 posted on 09/16/2012 9:49:13 AM PDT by Nachum (The List was hacked- www.nachumlist.com)
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To: chessplayer

White Hut presstitutes ping


30 posted on 09/17/2012 5:45:55 AM PDT by TurboZamboni (Looting the future to bribe the present)
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31 posted on 09/17/2012 5:53:36 AM PDT by Doofer (Still, a man hears what he wants to hear and disregards the rest.)
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To: chessplayer

Collusion, Campaign Finance Reform?


32 posted on 09/17/2012 6:10:30 AM PDT by Gene Eric (Demoralization is a weapon of the enemy. Don't get it, don't spread it!)
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To: chessplayer

Bump


33 posted on 09/17/2012 6:12:00 AM PDT by lowbridge (Joe Biden: "Look, the Taliban per se is not our enemy.")
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To: chessplayer

Rat’s eating their own in a self-serving act to show loyalty to the Obama politburo.

Looks like things aren’t so happy in Obama Land.


34 posted on 09/17/2012 6:14:37 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: GeronL

-— Wow. This is not surprising but still disturbing to see it coming true. Ministry of Truth is real.-—

Disgusted bump


35 posted on 09/17/2012 6:20:26 AM PDT by St_Thomas_Aquinas (Viva Christo Rey!)
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To: chessplayer

With few exceptions, America doesn’t have an independent, free press. It has a propaganda arm of the democratic party.


36 posted on 09/17/2012 6:29:22 AM PDT by lowbridge (Joe Biden: "Look, the Taliban per se is not our enemy.")
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