"First CNN, now The Times. Who's next?"
Yes, and like CNN's mea culpa, there is no indication whatsoever that any of the principals -- editors and executives -- believe they did anything wrong. "It's all his [Blair's] fault".
It is as if the leadership of the mainstream media is congenitally incapable of fault. They don't even have the honor and decency of corporate executives found guilty of board room malfeasance. It doesn't even occur to Howell Raines, Eason Jordan & Company to throw anybody overboard...
Posted earlier from an AIM article... http://www.aim.org/publications/weekly_column/2003/05/08.html
On CNN, Kurtz asked why Blair, "a promising young black reporter," had been able to get away with 50 mistakes "and still be at that job." The investigation could lead to Gerald Boyd, the Times managing editor who is also black. Curiously, Blair had nominated Boyd as "Journalist of the Year" in a competition sponsored by the NABJ. It seems unusual for a young reporter like Blair to have made such a nomination.
It isn't just the mainstream media - any large organization protects the people at the top from anything other than token blame.