Monday, January 02, 2006

NYT Editors to NYT Editor: "No Comment"

New York Times Public Editor Questions Timing of NSA Leak Story
New York Times Public Editor Byron Calame is apparently involved in an internecine conflict with the Gray Lady's Executive Editor Bill Keller and Publisher Arthur Sulzberger Jr., who have refused to answer questions about the reported one year delay in printing the now infamous NSA domestic "spying" story.

From Calame's column:
For the first time since I became public editor, the executive editor and the publisher have declined to respond to my requests for information about news-related decision-making. My queries concerned the timing of the exclusive Dec. 16 article about President Bush's secret decision in the months after 9/11 to authorize the warrantless eavesdropping on Americans in the United States.

I e-mailed a list of 28 questions to Bill Keller, the executive editor, on Dec. 19, three days after the article appeared. He promptly declined to respond to them. I then sent the same questions to Arthur Sulzberger Jr., the publisher, who also declined to respond. They held out no hope for a fuller explanation in the future.
Interesting, unless it's all mummery designed to keep the buzz about the article going. I'm betting on mummery.

Of course the truth about the timing of the NYT story is probably even more unsavory.

Via The Drudge Report.