New York Times Group Erupts Over Charge Editorial Was Softened At Governor’s Behest
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cheap canada goose uk The anonymous accusation has been hotly debated this week among Times veterans, along with the decision to publish the charge on an alumni Facebook page, which, while technically private, has more than 2,400 members. The group is primarily for alumni canada goose outlet legit but also includes current staffers such as Bennet, who canada goose outlet nyc rejoined the Times last year as editorial page editor. cheap canada goose uk
On Monday night, former Times reporter Matthew Wald published the account from a »well informed newsroom colleague » who alleged that Bennet forced out Lawrence Downes, a member of the editorial board since 2004, after he « took exception to changes Bennet made » in a May editorial Downes hadwritten about renovations to Penn Station.
« These changes, Downes believed, were made after the editorial had gone through the normal editing cycle » and appeared ready for publication, according to the canada goose shop uk post, which was obtained by HuffPost.
canada goose clearance sale « All the excised material was critical of the governor, » the post read. « Downes saw the revised editorial only after it canada goose outlet woodbury had been published. He wrote an angry email to Bennet, who responded by suspending him immediately. When Downes returned to work a few canada goose outlet weeks later, Bennet told him he was out. » canada goose clearance sale
Canada Goose Coats On Sale Times spokeswoman Danielle Rhoades Ha said by email Wednesday night, « It’s simply untrue that the editorial was softened in response to pressure by the Governor. » Canada Goose Coats On Sale
The Times just completed canada goose outlet seattle a round of buyouts, which has led to the departures this past week of high profile journalists includingJames Risen and Michiko Kakutani. Poynter’s list Friday of who canada goose outlet mississauga took buyout packages includes Downes but reportshe accepted the package in May.
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It’s unclear what, if any, pre publication edits were made to the piece. But the published version, « Let Penn Station Breathe, » placed the primary responsibility to fix the train station on Cuomo and included criticism of the governor’s efforts.
The editorial, which like most at the Times are unsigned, suggested that Cuomo’s plan to fix Penn Station fell short of « radical intervention » and urged the governor to do better. « Instead of defending his plan, Mr. Cuomo would be better off fixing it, » it read.
Downes, who is not a member of the Facebook alumni group, saw a copy of the post and requested that it be taken down. But Wald, who updated the post with Downes’ request to remove it, did not comply as of Wednesday night.
Wald could not be reached for comment.
While Times management is putting additional resources into the paper’s opinion section, including beefing up video and graphics, the ranks of the editorial page staff have dwindled in recent months, with several departures among the latest wave of buyouts. The opinion and editorial staffs are also in the process of moving from the Times building’s 13th Floor where they were separate from the newsroom to closer quarters on the 5th Floor. The Times recently announced that Kathleen Kingsbury, the Boston Globe’s managing editor for digital, will join the paper in August as deputy editorial page editor.
Canada Goose Online Dozens of Times alumni commented on Monday’s post, several of whom praised Downes who joined the paper in 1993 as a skilled editor and beloved colleague. Some expressed concerns about Bennet’s stewardship if the accusations were true that he softened the piece in canada goose outlet buffalo response to the governor’s objections, which would also mean he discussed it with the governor before publication. And the decision to publish triggered a broader ethics debate given Wald’s decision to run the anonymous accusation without first approaching the parties https://www.elcortezlv.com involved. Canada Goose Online
canada goose Randall Rothenberg, a business executive and former Times reporter, commented on the Facebook page that the post made him « very uncomfortable. » canada goose
cheap Canada Goose « It’s second hand hearsay, with lots of serious charges of heavy moral weight, without a request for a response from the accused parties, » he wrote. « Yeah, okay, this is a Facebook group, not the newspaper of record. But it’s also kinda like a small town paper in a way. Doesn’t seem right. » cheap Canada Goose
In a reply on Facebook, Wald defended publication and suggested that a canada goose jacket outlet toronto Times staffer might only be able to question the decisions of a high ranking editor like Bennet if provided anonymity. He also wrote that buyouts have « changed the atmosphere of the newsroom » and that staffers may now be more reluctant to challenge editorial decisions out of fear they could be urged to leave in the next round.
Former Times Executive Editor Max Frankel suggested to the group not to post « anything anonymously. »
« Do not post anything ‘off the record’ or ‘confidentially,' » Frankel wrote. « An audience of 2400 canada goose outlet edmonton is never ‘private.’ Do not reflect on the performance of Times colleagues, past and present, without requesting their direct comment. ».