Friday, January 16, 2004

Let's all try to help the Times Ombudsman straighten out his paper 

I wrote:

Subject: Jason Blair vs. Whitewater coverage

The first: massive introspection, gloom and doom.

The second: complete silence.

The Times will have as much or as little credibility as the Moonie Times (The Washington Times) until it cleans house on Whitewater too.

They responded:

Thank you for your message.

Given the volume of reader comment; given the need to start with a clean slate; and given the difficulty of evaluating the paper's past deeds and alleged misdeeds, Dan Okrent has decided as a matter of policy not to address issues that arose before his tenure began, except insofar as they relate to the paper's actions from December 1 forward. I am sure you will understand that, were we to do this any other fashion, we would disappear into an endless tunnel.

I do not mean to suggest in any way that I am not interested in your concerns about the paper.

If you see specific instances that concern you in the future please send me a message citing examples.

Arthur Bovino
Office of the Public Editor

Well, we wouldn't want the Times to disappear into an endless tunnel, would we? (Paging Dr. Freud! Paging Dr. Freud!)

Readers: Which Times story would you nominate for Times Misdeed of the Week, and why? Please remember to give the URI. TIA!

Maybe we can try to do this on a weekly basis...

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