New executive editor Bill Keller is at the helm of the New York Times now. Already there's progress, but it's progress West 43rd Street style -- all designed to preserve the dignity of the Gray Lady.

Today the Times announced Keller will appoint a "public editor" to "serve as a representative for readers." They've often said they'd never never appoint an "ombudsman" like the Washington Post. And, indeed, they have not appointed an ombudsman. They've appointed a "public editor."

And today's report of the Times' "Siegal Committee" -- appointed to look into the causes and aftermath of the Jayson Blair scandal -- denied that Blair was a product of the Times' affirmative action program. Keller said, "That charge, they make clear, is wrong." Yet a comment by the committee's outside members noted that Blair's rapid advancement "has all the earmarks of a social promotion." Indeed, it was not affirmative action. It was "social promotion."

Must they use euphemisms for euphemisms? After all the Times has been through, wouldn't it just be easier to be honest?

Posted by Donald Luskin at 11:18 PM

TOPICS: Business/Economy; Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Editorial; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: billkeller; falsification; howellraines; jaysonblair; mediafraud; medialies; newyorktimes; nyt; ombudsman; plagiarism; schadenfreude; siegalcommittee; thenewyorktimes

1 posted on 07/30/2003 9:15:38 PM PDT by Timesink
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2 posted on 07/30/2003 9:16:45 PM PDT by Timesink
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To: Timesink
Must they use euphemisms for euphemisms?

Surely Donald jests, for how else is progress bought?
Without using e's for e's, we would still be saying poor house
for dole; dole for welfare; welfare for public assistance..
How does he think this all gets started?  The NYT is breaking
ground.  Hussah!
3 posted on 07/30/2003 9:40:31 PM PDT by gcruse (
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To: Timesink
It's worse than that... hard to believe I know, but the NYT has long called "liberal activists" by the title of "journalists".
4 posted on 07/30/2003 9:44:48 PM PDT by Tamzee (Peace is the prerogative of the victorious, not the vanquished.... Churchill)
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5 posted on 08/06/2003 11:20:50 PM PDT by mrustow (no tag)
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