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Wed Feb 28, 2018, 06:58 PM

NY Times reporter asks editor if its columnists are misrepresenting facts

"Equivocal bulls**t": Editor who hired climate denier offers weak defense to staff.
JOE ROMM
FEB 28, 2018, 3:48 PM


New York Times opinion page editor James Bennet has been widely criticized for a series of hires, including columnist Bret Stephens, a longtime climate science denier.

On Tuesday, Columbia Journalism Review wrote about “a crisis in confidence within the newsroom” as a result of Bennet’s miscues. The decision by Bennet and the Times to hire Stephens and then run his opinions apparently without fact checking has received widespread criticism, including from ThinkProgress.

But until now, there has never really been a full explanation of why Bennet kept hiring such controversial columnists. This changed on Tuesday, when HuffPost published the leaked transcript of a meeting Bennet had with Times employees back in December, which was recorded and shared with HuffPost.

As a person who attended the meeting, and is quoted by HuffPost, said, Bennet’s answers are “equivocal bullshit.” I agree. Bennet gives no defensible explanation of why opinion columnists should not be held to the same standards of accuracy as reporters. And he simply has no answer to the question of how he knows columnists “aren’t misrepresenting facts.”

https://thinkprogress.org/ny-times-editorial-board-problems-e90bc19db3f0/

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Wed Feb 28, 2018, 07:23 PM

1. This is truly scary!!!!! nt

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Wed Feb 28, 2018, 07:25 PM

2. You reminded me: when he was hired I decided to give them a little while to see if they got rid

of him. They haven't, so I just cancelled my subscription. Washington Post gets my money from now on, I guess.

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Response to turbinetree (Original post)

Wed Feb 28, 2018, 07:38 PM

3. Lying needs to be a punishable offense

Yes, it does.

1st Amendment does not protect against inciting violence or panic that could cause harm.

Shouldn't protect lying, either.

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