The New York Times, as part of its ongoing effort to open its operation to public view, has begun a series of exchanges by various top editors and people who email questions. The questions are sometimes long but enlightening, and so are the answers. The editors have tried to explain the Times’ point of view in producing the news. This week’s editor is Michelle McNally, deputy managing editor for photography, and in weeks past there has also been an exchange with John Landman, deputy managing editor for digital journalism.
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Miller and the New York Times have finally published their version of the controversy and an account of Miller’s testimony before the grand jury. This account is bound to raise questions and send critics howling. But one often-overlooked question is why Miller felt she had to determine whether or not her source’s release from her pledge of confidentiality was voluntary. All in all, this whole situation is probably a setback for the cause of a federal reporter’s shield law.
New York Times reporter Judith Miller got her Get Out of Jail card last week, but her release wasn’t exactly free. She had come to an agreement to testify after being released from her confidentiality obligation by her source. And she has had to endure some pretty stinging criticism from fellow journalists who have questioned her motives. The bigger question — and one that David Ignatius raises in his column in the Washington Post — is where were the Times editors in all of this?
Daniel Okrent, the public editor of the New York Times, has written an excellent piece based on the decision by Times editors to run a picture of a grieving mother among a number of dead babies killed by the Dec. 26 tsunami in the Indian Ocean.
The New York Times has a roundup of early voting around the country and how it has changed the pace of elections.