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  • Second Hand Smoke Scam

    10/17/2003 9:51:26 AM PDT · by CSM · 340 replies · 4,894+ views
    Fox News ^ | October 17, 2003 | Steven Milloy
    <p>I could only laugh last April when I first heard about a study claiming that a smoking ban in Helena, Mont., cut the city’s heart attack rate by 58 percent in six months.</p> <p>A prominent op-ed in this week’s Oct. 15 New York Times hailed the Miracle of Helena (search) and urged readers to give it more credit than it deserves.</p>
  • Another New York Times Scandal

    10/15/2003 3:46:00 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 16 replies · 263+ views ^ | October 15, 2003 | Cliff Kincaid
    Remember Jayson Blair? Now, another name will go down in infamy at the New York Times. Lynette Holloway, another affirmative- action promotion at the New York Times, has resigned in the wake of the paper running its second-longest correction in history. That 2,175-word correction ran back on July 14. Holloway’s by-line has not appeared since. Now she’s gone. The Times didn’t want to draw any more attention to this scandal, and her resignation was disclosed by a competitor, Keith J. Kelly of the New York Post. He reported that Times spokeswoman Catherine Mathis said they had reached "an amicable settlement."
  • The Collected Works of a Paranoid Crank [Mugger on Krugman's book]

    09/23/2003 6:44:50 AM PDT · by aculeus · 7 replies · 295+ views
    New York Sun ^ | Sep 23, 2003 | RUSS SMITH
    Paul Krugman, an economist who teaches at Princeton University, is a crank. Ordinarily, this wouldn’t be particularly significant: Academia, notably at the elite institutions, is littered with Mr. Krugman’s ilk. Isolated from the real world and worshipped by impressionable young men and women, professors collectively form a base of the Democratic Party that’s as potent, in rhetoric if not fundraising, as the country’s unions, trial lawyers, and the vast majority of Hollywood celebrities. But Mr. Krugman is one of the most influential left-wing critics of the Bush administration. Thanks to Howell Raines, he has a twice-weekly op-ed column in the...
  • New York Times Warns of Lower Earnings

    09/17/2003 6:05:40 PM PDT · by kattracks · 28 replies · 338+ views
    AP | 9/17/03
    NEW YORK, Sep 17, 2003 (AP Online via COMTEX) -- The New York Times Co. reported lower advertising revenues for August and said Wednesday that its third-quarter earnings would be well below Wall Street expectations. The Times said it expected to earn between 30 and 32 cents per share in the third quarter, compared with 38 cents in the same period last year. Analysts surveyed by Thomson First Call had been expecting the company to earn 39 cents per share. Advertising revenues in the company's newspaper group fell 1.4 percent in August compared with the same month last year. "The...
  • Author Exposes Most Influential U.S. Newspaper's Leftist Slant

    09/17/2003 2:23:12 PM PDT · by truthandlife · 10 replies · 312+ views
    Agape Press ^ | 9/17/03 | Chad Groening
    conservative columnist says the liberal bias of The New York Times extends far beyond the environs of New York and should be a matter of concern to every American. As a native New Yorker, Bob Kohn grew up reading the Times. But now the columnist for WorldNetDaily has written a book about the newspaper called Journalistic Fraud: How The New York Times Distorts the News and Why it Can No Longer Be Trusted (WND Books, 2003). Kohn says every other liberal news agency follows the Times, even broadcast news organizations. "The old joke applies -- Peter Jennings is not a...
  • How the ombudsman, once dismissed as a matter of doctrine, came to the New York Times

    09/13/2003 5:36:22 PM PDT · by Jay Rosen NYU · 8 replies · 417+ views
    PressThink ^ | September 10, 2003 | Jay Rosen
    The ombudsman is here because the doctrine against it collapsed. But pride says the Times cannot copy the Post. What's Bill Keller to do?The argument for why an ombudsman would never be needed at the New York Times went like this. Every editor should represent the interests of the reader. That’s what good editors do. No ombudsman. Before you start poking at the logic, appreciate how long it stood and how well it served the authority of the Times. First ombudsman is 1967, Louisville Courier Journal. Thirty six years later, the New York Times agrees: maybe it’s a good...
  • New York Times Appoints Standards Editor

    09/10/2003 3:50:59 AM PDT · by kattracks · 19 replies · 380+ views
    AP | 9/10/03
    NEW YORK, Sep 10, 2003 (AP Online via COMTEX) -- The New York Times has appointed assistant managing editor Allan M. Siegal as its first standards editor, the newspaper reported. Siegal, who will retain his current title, will oversee the creation of new guidelines for the use of anonymous sources, bylines and datelines, according to a story in Wednesday's edition of the Times. In an e-mail to staff announcing the appointment Tuesday, Executive Editor Bill Keller said Siegal would be "the main internal sounding board for staff members who have doubts or complaints about the paper's content, whether already published...
  • N.Y. Times and ABC Plan News Helix for '04 Campaign

    09/10/2003 7:20:44 AM PDT · by areafiftyone · 19 replies · 779+ views
    NY Observer ^ | 9/10/03
    The New York Times is trying to beef up its television-news profile in time to become a network player in the 2004 Presidential election campaign. Last spring, the paper of record first announced a partnership to co-own and run the Discovery Civilization Channel; by December 2002, The Times had renamed it the Discovery Times channel and refitted the station with a very 43rd Street logo.Now, sources tell The Observer, The Times is in negotiations with ABC News to coordinate coverage of the Presidential race with its cable-channel property.Sources familiar with the negotiations said that the proposal is still in its...
  • JAYSON BLAIR REDUX: Can the 'Times' Be Sued? (for journalistic malpractice?)

    09/09/2003 3:16:43 PM PDT · by Liz · 16 replies · 302+ views
    VILLAGE VOICE ^ | 9/10-16 edition | CYNTHIA COTTS
    Should The New York Times have to pay damages to readers who were duped by its decision to publish the fraudulent work of Jayson Blair? So say Clay Calvert and Robert D. Richards, two lawyers who teach in the College of Communications at Pennsylvania State University, in an article that will appear in the fall 2003 edition of the Fordham Intellectual Property, Media and Entertainment Law Journal. The article introduces the novel legal theory of "journalistic malpractice" whereby, in the Times' case, "the continued publication of Blair's stories, despite the serious doubt about his work entertained and expressed by his...
  • 20 Years of Bias From ABC’s Peter Jennings

    09/08/2003 11:29:13 AM PDT · by LavaDog · 26 replies · 1,002+ views
    MRC | 3 Sep 03 | Tim Graham and Rich Noyes
    After sharing the top job with Frank Reynolds and Max Robinson for five years, Peter Jennings became sole anchor of World News Tonight on September 5, 1983. During the last twenty years, Jennings’ liberal tilt has been obvious — the ABC anchorman has pushed for European-style welfare programs, denigrated tax cuts, castigated Republicans as intolerant, scoffed at suggestions that Soviet communism was a threat and pushed the arguments of left-wing anti-war activists during this year’s successful war to oust Saddam Hussein. To commemorate his 20th anniversary, the MRC presents some of the anchorman’s worst bias; many more examples are available...
  • Expert: BBC Misled U.K. on Iraq Dossier

    09/04/2003 12:14:21 PM PDT · by Calpernia · 6 replies · 303+ views
    AP via Yahoo News ^ | Thu Sep 4,11:16 AM ET | JANE WARDELL, Associated Press Writer
    LONDON - A British Broadcasting Corp. reporter — and not a top government weapons adviser — was the one who suggested during an interview that a top aide of Prime Minister Tony Blair (news - web sites) was behind an exaggeration of the threat posed by Iraq (news - web sites), an arms expert said Thursday. That testimony by Olivia Bosch contradicted statements by the BBC's Andrew Gilligan, who said adviser David Kelly suggested the name of key Blair aide Alastair Campbell without prompting. Bosch, testifying at an inquiry into Kelly's apparent suicide, said Kelly told her during a phone...
  • O'Reilly Tears Into the New York Times

    09/03/2003 5:58:22 PM PDT · by kattracks · 44 replies · 522+ views ^ | 9/03/03 | Carl Limbacher and Staff
    Leftists never learn not to tangle with Fox News star Bill O'Reilly. When his Irish temper is aroused he can be tough, something the New York Times got a taste of last night. The Times, which cozies up with the likes of O'Reilly foe Al Franken, recently exposed as having lied to Attorney General John Ashcroft, carried a column by Judith Maslin that says the alleged satirist "makes a bull's-eye out of Mr. O'Reilly" for having told whoppers. In his Talking Points memo last night, O'Reilly fired back at the newspaper, which "is leading the charge to turn America...
  • Dispute Over Arms Dossier Wounds the BBC (Schadenfreude!)

    08/31/2003 10:34:09 PM PDT · by Timesink · 16 replies · 296+ views
    The New York Times ^ | September 1, 2003 | Warren Hoge
    September 1, 2003 Dispute Over Arms Dossier Wounds the BBCBy WARREN HOGE ONDON, Aug. 31 — The BBC, the world's largest and best known public service broadcaster, sends out millions of words daily, but its long-nurtured reputation for accuracy, fairness and objectivity is being challenged for just 20 of them. On May 29, the defense correspondent of its morning radio news show, Andrew Gilligan, said that the government had inserted into its dossier of intelligence on Iraqi arms the claim that Saddam Hussein had biological and chemical weapons that were deployable within 45 minutes. ReutersGavyn Davies, the BBC chairman, has...
  • Bogus Betrayal? [New York Times (mis)identifies livid lib as disillusioned Bush supporter]

    08/28/2003 9:40:41 AM PDT · by Stultis · 75 replies · 637+ views
    <p>In a front-page story Tuesday on the President and his compassionate conservative agenda, the New York Times said that, "some religious supporters of Mr. Bush say they feel betrayed by promises he made as a candidate and now, they maintain, he has broken as president." The story relies heavily on quotes from one Reverend Jim Wallis, whom the Times describes as an, "early supporter" of the President. Wallis tells the Times Mr. Bush has, "failed the test." He is the only person in the whole story identified as a Bush supporter. But Wallis is, in fact, an ardent Democrat, who did not vote for Mr. Bush, and who edits a liberal religious magazine called Sojourners, which has consistently criticized the President and his administration. None of this is mentioned in the Times story.</p>
  • Mission mystique [on The New York Times]

    08/17/2003 6:11:54 AM PDT · by aculeus · 19 replies · 337+ views
    Washington Times ^ | August 17, 2003 | Arnold Beichman
    <p>The biggest job facing Bill Keller, newly appointed New York Times executive editor, is how to restore a missing, indefinable, intangible attribute that once shone like a halo above the paper's masthead.</p> <p>That attribute was the Times' mystique, something beyond newsprint, stories, editorials, headlines and circulation figures. It was not that one believed everything the Times reported or that one even agreed with its editorials.</p>
  • The New York Times: Another Day, Another Editor, Another Scandal

    08/17/2003 1:40:18 PM PDT · by mrustow · 55 replies · 1,571+ views
    A Different Drummer ^ | 18 August 2003 | Nicholas Stix
    On July 14, New York Times publisher Arthur Sulzberger named a new executive editor, Bill Keller; made a point of insulting Keller’s predecessor, Howell Raines, whom Sulzberger had rewarded for his loyal service, by pushing out the door; and found himself mired in yet another affirmative action scandal. Don’t it just break your heart?! In introducing Times veteran Keller in his new capacity, Sulzberger went out of his way to take a potshot at Raines, who had been on the Charlie Rose Show only three days earlier, where he’d spoken of the Times suffering from a “lethargic culture of complacency.”...
  • The New York Times Is Still Dead

    08/15/2003 9:48:38 AM PDT · by Davis · 36 replies · 317+ views
    The Conning Tower ^ | August 15, 2003 | Trentino
    On Thursday, August 7 at the end of a column of miscellaneous corrections, the New York Times published this small bombshell: Editors' Note An article on Sunday about attacks on the American military in Iraq over the previous two days, attributed to military officials, included an erroneous account that quoted Pfc. Jose Belen of the First Armored Division. Private Belen, who is not a spokesman for the division, said that a homemade bomb exploded under a convoy on Saturday morning on the outskirts of Baghdad and killed two American soldiers and their interpreter. The American military's central command, which releases...
  • BBC reporters reveal Kelly's unease at No. 10 spin

    08/13/2003 8:48:03 AM PDT · by Timesink · 11 replies · 381+ views
    Financial Times ^ | August 13, 2003 | FT Staff
    BBC reporters reveal Kelly's unease at No. 10 spinBy FT StaffPublished: August 13 2003 12:44 | Last Updated: August 13 2003 14:40 Two BBC reporters have told the judicial inquiry into the death of David Kelly of the unease expressed by the weapons scientist over the level of  Downing Street "spin" involved in compiling a dossier on Iraq's weapons of mass destructionA taped telephone conversation submitted as evidence by Susan Watts, science editor of the BBC programme Newsnight , appears to implicate No. 10's press office in "sexing up" the government's case for war.Gavin Hewitt, a special correspondent for the BBC Ten O'Clock News, also said...
  • Gilligan damned by evidence of colleagues (Lying BBC Bastard NAILED! MUST READ!)

    08/13/2003 8:40:23 AM PDT · by Timesink · 33 replies · 1,289+ views
    Financial Times ^ | August 12, 2003 | Bob Sherwood
    Gilligan damned by evidence of colleaguesBy Bob Sherwood, Legal CorrespondentPublished: August 12 2003 20:55 | Last Updated: August 12 2003 20:55 Andrew Gilligan has long been under no illusion that he has critics. But when he appeared before Lord Hutton on Tuesday could not have expected to be damned, not by a practitioner of the Downing Street black arts, but by his BBC colleagues.Initially the journalist appeared to be surviving the scrutiny. He mounted a calm defence of his reporting on the second day of the judicial inquiry into why David Kelly, the weapons expert, apparently committed suicide after being...
  • BBC reporter refused to name Kelly (Bad News for BBC)

    08/13/2003 7:54:24 AM PDT · by The Radical Capitalist · 9 replies · 262+ views
    BBC ^ | August 13, 2003 | BBC
    BBC reporter refused to name Kelly (Filed: 13/08/2003) A BBC journalist has told the inquiry into David Kelly's death how she was pressurised by her managers to name the weapons expert as the source of her reports on No 10's Iraq dossier. Susan Watts: evidence Susan Watts, the science editor of BBC2's Newsnight, said that her bosses had wanted her to back up a report by Andrew Gilligan on Radio 4's Today programme that Downing Street had "sexed up" the dossier. But Miss Watts - who ran two stories on Newsnight based on conversations with Dr Kelly - said she...
  • Inventing a Quagmire

    08/11/2003 1:59:20 PM PDT · by Pokey78 · 27 replies · 246+ views
    Opinion Journal - Best of the Web ^ | 08/11/03 | JAMES TARANTO
    <p>An article on Sunday about attacks on the American military in Iraq over the previous two days, attributed to military officials, included an erroneous account that quoted Pfc. Jose Belen of the First Armored Division. Private Belen, who is not a spokesman for the division, said that a homemade bomb exploded under a convoy on Saturday morning on the outskirts of Baghdad and killed two American soldiers and their interpreter. The American military's central command, which releases information on all American casualties in Iraq, said before the article was published that it could not confirm Private Belen's account. Later it said that no such attack had taken place and that no American soldiers were killed on Saturday.</p>
  • NO BASIS for Washington Post story About Powell resignation . It's TOTALLY FALSE

    08/04/2003 1:05:11 PM PDT · by FairOpinion · 135 replies · 228+ views
    Drudge ^ | Aug. 4, 2003 | Drudge
    No Basis for Washington Post Story PRESS RELEASE FROM STATE: Regarding the story in today's Washington Post about Secretary of State Colin L. Powell and Deputy Secretary Richard L. Armitage, there was no conversation between the Deputy Secretary and National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice concerning any plans for "stepping down." There is no basis for the story. As Secretary Powell has always said, he and Deputy Secretary Armitage serve at the pleasure of the President, and will continue to do so. ### "This is gossip and rumor," said State Department spokesman Philip Reeker when asked about The Washington Post story....
  • Jill Abramson and John M. Geddes Named Managing Editors of The New York Times

    07/31/2003 4:23:07 PM PDT · by Timesink · 47 replies · 1,018+ views
    Business Wire ^ | July 31, 2003
    BW2085 JUL 31,2003 8:06 PACIFIC 11:06 EASTERN ( BW)(NY-THE-NEW-YORK-TIMES)(NYT) Jill Abramson and John M. Geddes Named Managing Editors of The New York Times     Business Editors     NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--July 31, 2003--Jill Abramson and John M. Geddes were named managing editors of The New York Times today, effective September 2. Ms. Abramson has been the newspaper's Washington bureau chief since 2000 and Mr. Geddes has been the newspaper's deputy managing editor since 1997. The appointments were announced by Bill Keller, executive editor of The Times.     Ms. Abramson, 49, and Mr. Geddes, 51, succeed Gerald Boyd who resigned earlier this year. A replacement...
  • 'Don't blame diversity' for fake-news scandal: N.Y. Times vows to continue race promotions

    07/30/2003 10:43:12 PM PDT · by JohnHuang2 · 4 replies · 320+ views ^ | Thursday, July 31, 2003 | By Joe Kovacs
    A new report examining problems at the New York Times rips the newspaper for a lack of communication but downplays the push for racial diversity as a leading factor in its Jayson Blair plagiarism scandal. The 94-page report says it's "simplistic" to believe promotion of minority reporters like Blair was the essential cause of the calamity. Jayson Blair (N.Y. Times photo) "The fraud Jayson Blair committed on us and our readers was not a consequence of our diversity program, which has been designed to apply the same rigorous standards of performance we demand of all our staff," Bill Keller wrote...
  • Distraction of media missiles fired at wrong targets (The Australian vs BBC and DU)

    07/30/2003 3:43:46 PM PDT · by knighthawk · 27 replies · 292+ views
    The Australian ^ | July 28 2003 | Andrew Sullivan, The Sunday Times
    THERE was something wonderfully strained about how various media organisations dealt last week with the news of the deaths of Qusay and Uday Hussein. From the BBC to Reuters, there was palpable – if sternly repressed – dismay. One of the first headlines that the Ba'athist Broadcasting Corporation put out on the news was: "US celebrates 'good' Iraq news." The quotation marks around "good" did not refer to any quote or source in the text. They were pure editorialising on behalf of the BBC, whose campaign to undermine the liberation of Iraq is now in full swing. It was not...
  • After Blair, Times Makes New Positions

    07/30/2003 10:54:36 AM PDT · by kattracks · 6 replies · 243+ views
    AP | 7/30/03
    NEW YORK, Jul 30, 2003 (AP Online via COMTEX) -- The New York Times, acting on the recommendations of a committee assembled following the Jayson Blair scandal, said Wednesday it would create three new positions, including an ombudsman to examine coverage and review reader complaints. Along with the ombudsman, to be known at the Times as "public editor," the newspaper will create two masthead-level jobs for a standards editor and an editor to oversee hiring and career development, new Executive Editor Bill Keller said in a staff memo. All three jobs should be "refined and filled within the coming...
  • Making and faking the news that fits

    07/29/2003 10:24:43 PM PDT · by JohnHuang2 · 6 replies · 336+ views
    Washington Times ^ | Wednesday, July 30, 2003 | By Bruce Bartlett
    <p>Say what you want about the New York Times, but it still makes more news than any other paper in the U.S. By this, I don't mean in the sense of printing the news, as other papers do, but rather in the sense of news about the Times itself. Consider these recent items that made national news.</p>
  • N.Y. Times to Bring in Three New Editors (NYT gave faker journo Blair merit raise)

    07/30/2003 4:50:25 PM PDT · by Liz · 25 replies · 418+ views
    NEW YORK (AP) - After an 11-week internal investigation of the Jayson Blair scandal, The New York Times said Wednesday it will create the first ombudsman's position in its 152-year history and re-examine the newspaper's policies on datelines, bylines and anonymous sources. The ombudsman, to be known at the Times as "public editor," will examine coverage, review reader complaints and write a periodic column in the newspaper, Executive Editor Bill Keller said Wednesday, his first day on the job. In addition, the paper will create two masthead-level jobs for a "standards editor" and an editor to oversee hiring and career...

    07/30/2003 9:15:37 PM PDT · by Timesink · 4 replies · 285+ views
    The Conspiracy to Keep You Poor and Stupid ^ | July 30, 2003 | Donald L. Luskin
    EUPHEMISMS FOR EUPHEMISMS AT THE TIMESNew 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...
  • Poll: N.Y. Times less than reliable (Fox News Gets High Marks)

    07/21/2003 3:15:26 PM PDT · by TommyDale · 40 replies · 445+ views
    WorldNetDaily ^ | July 21, 2003 | Jon Dougherty
    A new poll found that less than half of Americans believe the New York Times, still considered the so-called "newspaper of record" by many establishment media organizations, is a reliable purveyor of truth. According to pollster Scott Rasmussen of Rasmussen Reports, just 46 percent of Americans feel the Times is "very reliable" or "somewhat reliable." At the same time, nearly three-fourths of Americans (72 percent) believe Fox News Channel to be a credible media source. (Click on the link above for the entire article)

    07/18/2003 1:34:00 AM PDT · by Big Bad Bob · 148 replies · 1,689+ views
    The man, according to BBC Journalist Andrew Gilligan, to have told him that some parts of the so-called 'dodgy dossier' has gone missing, according to Sky News.
  • N.Y. Times sees profit drop, vows cost controls (Schadenfreude!)

    07/15/2003 6:29:25 PM PDT · by Timesink · 24 replies · 482+ views
    Reuters ^ | July 15, 2003 | Michele Gershberg
    UPDATE 1-N.Y. Times sees profit drop, vows cost controlsTue July 15, 2003 08:43 PM ET(Adds closing share price)By Michele Gershberg NEW YORK (Reuters) - The New York Times Co. said Tuesday second-quarter net profit fell 8 percent as advertising slumped at its newspapers during the Iraq war, but the company pledged more stringent cost controls. The results followed the appointment on Monday of Bill Keller as executive editor at The New York Times newspaper, whose reputation was rocked by a plagiarism scandal. Company executives have said that the affair, though a blow to the Times's prestige, would not hurt its...
  • In TV news, taking credit is called business as usual (NYT's nothing! TV stars always take credit!)

    07/15/2003 5:06:44 PM PDT · by Timesink · 9 replies · 250+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | June 2, 2003 | Howard Rosenberg
    TELEVISION / HOWARD ROSENBERG In TV news, taking credit is called business as usual By HOWARD ROSENBERG June 2 2003 A reporter taking credit for a colleague's work? For shame! Yet.... Many television newsrooms are surely puzzled by what happened to Rick Bragg at the New York Times. Either that or they're having a big laugh about it. Bragg, who has a Pulitzer Prize, quit the Times last week after the paper suspended him over a story that carried his byline. Trouble was, it was reported largely by a freelancer who received no credit as either a co-writer or contributor....
  • Bush: CIA OK'd Iraq Speech (CBS Radically Alters "Bush Knew Iraq Info Was False" Story!)

    07/11/2003 9:57:18 AM PDT · by Dont Mention the War · 88 replies · 299+ views
    CBS News ^ | July 11, 2003
    Bush: CIA OK'd Iraq Speech  (Photo: CBS/AP) "If the CIA — the director of central intelligence — had said 'Take this out of the speech,' it would have been gone."Condoleezza Rice, national security adviser President Bush delivering State of the Union address in January. (Photo: CBS) WASHINGTON, July 11, 2003 What CIA analysts said and when they said it were matters of dispute Friday as the Bush administration denied that it made an allegation against Iraq against the intelligence agency's advice. Senior administration officials told CBS News that the president's State of the Union speech claimed that Iraq had tried to...
  • Times's 2 Top Editors Resign After Furor on Writer's Fraud (The Times Covers The Times)

    06/05/2003 10:59:42 PM PDT · by Dont Mention the War · 12 replies · 290+ views
    The New York Times ^ | June 6, 2003 | Jacques Steinberg
    June 6, 2003 Times's 2 Top Editors Resign After Furor on Writer's FraudBy JACQUES STEINBERG owell Raines and Gerald M. Boyd, the top-ranking editors of The New York Times, resigned yesterday morning, five weeks after the resignation of a reporter set off a chain of events that exposed fissures in the management and morale of the newsroom. Fred R. Conrad/The New York TimesHowell Raines, left, announced his resignation in the newsroom yesterday, with Arthur Sulzberger Jr., center, and Gerald M. Boyd, right, in suit. In a hastily arranged gathering in the newsroom on the third floor, the newspaper's publisher, Arthur...
  • Corrections and clarifications (Offical Guardian Retraction of Wolfowitz "It's All About Oil" Lie)

    06/05/2003 1:34:51 PM PDT · by Dont Mention the War · 15 replies · 286+ views
    The Guardian ^ | June 5, 2003
    Corrections and clarificationsThursday June 5, 2003A report which was posted on our website on June 4 under the heading "Wolfowitz: Iraq war was about oil" misconstrued remarks made by the US deputy defence secretary, Paul Wolfowitz, making it appear that he had said that oil was the main reason for going to war in Iraq. He did not say that. He said, according to the Department of Defence website, "The ... difference between North Korea and Iraq is that we had virtually no economic options with Iraq because the country floats on a sea of oil. In the case of...
  • The Guardian Fully Retracts BOTH Powell/Straw Story AND Wolfowitz "It's All About Oil" Story

    06/05/2003 9:21:04 AM PDT · by Dont Mention the War · 91 replies · 534+ views
    The Guardian ^ | June 5, 2003
    Corrections and clarifications Thursday June 5, 2003In our front page lead on May 31 headlined "Straw, Powell had serious doubts over their Iraqi weapons claims," we said that the foreign secretary Jack Straw and his US counterpart Colin Powell had met at the Waldorf Hotel in New York shortly before Mr Powell addressed the United Nations on February 5. Mr Straw has now made it clear that no such meeting took place. The Guardian accepts that and apologises for suggesting it did.
  • NY Times says Howell Raines resigns as executive editor

    06/05/2003 7:51:24 AM PDT · by RandDisciple · 255 replies · 764+ views
    Just reported by Bloomberg News
  • The Great Black Hope: The Jayson Blair Case and the New York Times

    06/03/2003 9:04:11 AM PDT · by mrustow · 45 replies · 804+ views
    Toogood Reports ^ | 3 June 2003 | Nicholas Stix
    Jayson Blair was the Great Black Hope. The white publisher of the New York Times, Arthur Sulzberger Jr., and Sulzberger's white executive editor, Howell Raines, were intent on creating the Great African-American Reporter, and Blair was their guy. No matter, that Sulzberger and Raines were 80 years late. The Great Negro Reporter had already come and gone. George S. Schuyler (1895-1977), whose career was ended by the civil rights movement whose most trenchant critic he was, was a self-made man, who needed no white philanthropist/image-makers to invent him. But that's a story for another day. In William McGowan's excellent book,...
  • Don't Blame It on Jayson Blair

    06/02/2003 9:13:32 PM PDT · by Cathryn Crawford · 15 replies · 171+ views
    When the New York Times's Jayson Blair was busted for plagiarism and fabrications — and then its star writer Rick Bragg was suspended and quit after claiming an intern's reporting as his own — the media lit up like the switchboard of a gossipy small town. Reporters investigated reporters. The Times newsroom erupted in finger pointing. Journalism professors raised themselves up on their suede elbow patches to tsk-tsk. Newspapers worriedly reviewed their policies. Collectively, we agonized: Will the public ever trust us again? Don't sweat it! the public replied. We didn't trust you in the first place! That's the message,...
  • Health reporting at the Times

    06/02/2003 8:54:36 AM PDT · by xsysmgr · 11 replies · 131+ views
    National Review Online ^ | June 2, 2003 | Robert Goldberg
    recent lead story in New York Times, "Leading Drugs for Psychosis Come Under Scrutiny," suggested that the newest schizophrenia medicines had been marketed as wonder drugs only to be as exposed as no better than older, cheaper medications. To make this case, the writer, Erica Goode, noted that "researchers at the [American Psychiatric Association] meetings presented a study of the cost effectiveness of Zyprexa (one of the newer medications) in treating patients at 17 Veterans Affairs medical centers. The study, led by Dr. Robert Rosenheck, a professor of psychiatry and public health at Yale and the director of the...
  • Pulitzer Prize board begins review of Duranty's award (more bad publicity for the New York Times)

    06/01/2003 6:56:43 PM PDT · by DPB101 · 59 replies · 946+ views
    The Ukrainian Weekly ^ | 5/25/03 | Andrew Nynka
    PARSIPPANY, N.J. - In response to an international campaign, The Pulitzer Prize Board has begun an "appropriate and serious review" of the award given to Walter Duranty of The New York Times, an administrator of the Pulitzer Prizes said on May 20. The board's administrator said in a telephone interview that the review began as a result of the thousands of letters and e-mails the board received in early May. A confidential review by the 18-member Pulitzer Prize Board is intended to seriously consider all relevant information regarding Mr. Duranty's award, said Sig Gissler, administrator for the Pulitzer Prizes. "There...
  • BYU Student Group Returns Web Awards (The New York Times Effect In Action)

    06/01/2003 6:10:11 PM PDT · by Timesink · 1 replies · 197+ views
    Associated Press ^ | May 31, 2003
    BYU Student Group Returns Web AwardsSaturday, May 31, 2003 - Page updated at 2:13 p.m. Brigham Young University's student news organization has given up two national awards for Web page design because the two students who crafted the page copied material from another Web site.This spring, the BYU site NewsNet won first place among colleges for Web page design in a contest sponsored by the University of Missouri chapter of the Society of Newspaper Design. The site also won a second place for best college newspaper online in a contest sponsored by the trade publication Editor & Publisher.NewsNet officials were...
  • Dissection turns to dissension at Times

    05/31/2003 1:10:04 AM PDT · by kattracks · 19 replies · 236+ views
    New York Daily News ^ | 5/32/03 | PAUL D. COLFORD
    There is no end to the soul-searching at The New York Times. Or the committees. The Times, already distracted by a month of scandals and newsroom unrest, was bracing for more of both as two ranking editors formed a second group to improve inhouse communications. Assistant Managing Editors Craig Whitney and Andrew Rosenthal invited staffers to join what they're calling the Communications Working Group. They said it would differ from a powerful committee headed by Assistant Managing Editor Allan Siegal by "concentrating on internal communications" and having no outside consultants. Many at The Times viewed formation of the new group...
  • A minority view: the problem with liberals

    06/01/2003 1:33:09 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 30 replies · 355+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | June 1, 2003 | LIONEL G. GARCIA
    I have been following the dilemma at The New York Times. I'm sure most people know by now that a reporter, Jayson Blair, was fired for fabricating and plagiarizing many stories. From news reports, it appears that Times editors knew about his deficiencies long before he was fired. The question is: Why wasn't he fired long before ago? Was it his race? Blair is black and, according to some people, minorities are treated by liberals such as The New York Times editors with unusual care under these circumstances. I have read that at least 12 Times editors had access to...
  • WHO WROTE THIS? (Bill Buckley Backs NY Times' Rick Bragg)

    05/31/2003 12:58:40 PM PDT · by tvn · 5 replies · 257+ views
    Yahoo! News ^ | May 31, 2003 | William F. Buckley
    Op/Ed - William F. Buckley Yahoo!News WHO WROTE THIS? By William F. Buckley Jr. There is a swirl of controversy having to do with writing, with credit for writing, and with disclosure about who writes what and under what circumstances... There is a swirl of controversy having to do with writing, with credit for writing, and with disclosure about who writes what and under what circumstances... The case is difficult to make, who all gets credit. The stream of commentators discussing the Bragg story for some reason (those I read or saw or heard) neglected to make the contextual point...
  • Historians Shift Policy on Plagiarism

    05/31/2003 6:39:45 PM PDT · by D. Brian Carter · 27 replies · 300+ views
    AP ^ | May 31, 2003 | By JENNIFER C. KERR
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- The nation's largest group of professional historians has scrapped the way it handles plagiarism allegations, doing away with secret proceedings in an effort to spotlight problems when they arise. The American Historical Association decided to end its 15-year practice of adjudication, where complaints were heard, discussed and decided behind closed doors. The focus now will be to educate historians, students and the public. The change comes after high-profile plagiarism cases involving historians Doris Kearns Goodwin and the late Stephen Ambrose, as well as former New York Times reporter Jayson Blair. On Saturday, The New York Times reported...
  • NEW YORK TIMES OR MINISTRY OF TRUTH? -- Say Bye-bye, Howell Raines!

    05/31/2003 8:00:00 AM PDT · by Apolitical · 40 replies · 280+ views
    ICONOCLAST ^ | Yale Kramer
    ICONOCLAST DAILY NOTEBOOK.... NEW YORK TIMES OR MINISTRY OF TRUTH?-- Say Bye-bye, Howell Raines! ... May 31, 2003: Yesterday's New York Times had a piece buried on its back pages which tells us that Rick Bragg, one of Howell Raines' hottest correspondents, Pulitzer Prize winner, and teacher's pet, has resigned because it was revealed last week that he submitted stories written by (or largely researched by) others, and represented them as his work alone. He was suspended with pay last week, pending an investigation; and when the Washington Post interviewed him, he told them that dang blast it everybody does...
  • The (NY) Times tumbles down

    05/31/2003 11:11:56 PM PDT · by LdSentinal · 54 replies · 247+ views
    National Post ^ | 5/31/03 | Matt Welch
    LOS ANGELES - When O.J. Simpson was ruled not guilty of murdering his wife, the United States discovered overnight the chasm of difference in perception between blacks (who found the verdict reasonable) and whites (who found it insane). Something similar is going on with the fabrication scandals that have rocked The New York Times this month. Elite reporters and editors are reacting to the Jayson Blair and Rick Bragg revelations with sorrow and anxiety, while the rest of us proles revel in the spectacle of a haughty institution being humbled and mocked. Why are journalists so glum? Because The New...
  • Fresh embarrassment for New York Times (The Guardian on the Rick Bragg Mess)

    05/31/2003 11:46:54 AM PDT · by Timesink · 6 replies · 197+ views
    The Guardian ^ | May 29, 2003 | Ciar Byrne
    11.30amFresh embarrassment for New York TimesCiar ByrneThursday May 29, 2003The Guardian New York Times: reporter claimed it was routine practice for freelances to write large chunks of articles  A Pulitzer prize-winning New York Times reporter has quit the paper after he was accused of drawing too heavily on the work of a freelance writer, in a further embarrassing episode for the scandal-hit newspaper.Rick Bragg, a national correspondent based in New Orleans, tendered his resignation last night to the New York Times' executive editor, Howell Raines, after the paper published an editor's statement admitting he had relied heavily on the work...