NYT Editorial Policy: Shut Up, Peon
Bill Quick

The Infallible ‘New York Times’ | The Weekly Standard

In sum, the Times was telling me that they will accept letters that offer a different opinion, but those that challenge assertions of fact are relegated to the editors of the Corrections column, where minutiae like misspelled names and erroneous dates are corrected for the record. There is no way to counter a story or column like Ms. Dowd’s that totally misconstrues its subject matter.

This was alien to my experience at Newsweek, where I wrote some 750 stories, including nearly 100 cover stories, over my 38 years at the magazine. Like the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, and every other publication I have written for except the New York Times, Newsweek acknowledged errors in its Letters column and, in the days when the magazine was flush with staff, very often wrote letters back to those who contested something we had published to explain why we stood by our story. 

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Bill Quick

About Bill Quick

I am a small-l libertarian. My primary concern is to increase individual liberty as much as possible in the face of statist efforts to restrict it from both the right and the left. If I had to sum up my beliefs as concisely as possible, I would say, "Stay out of my wallet and my bedroom," "your liberty stops at my nose," and "don't tread on me." I will believe that things are taking a turn for the better in America when married gays are able to, and do, maintain large arsenals of automatic weapons, and tax collectors are, and do, not.

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NYT Editorial Policy: Shut Up, Peon — 2 Comments

  1. From my friend Jim:

    Newspapers Explained
    An easy guide to keeping political news in perspective

    1. The Wall Street Journal is read by the people who run the country.
    2. The Washington Post is read by people who think they run the country
    3. The New York Times is read by people who think they should run the country, and who are very good at crossword puzzles.

    4. The USA Today is read by people who think they ought to run the country but don’t really understand The New York Times. They do, however, like their statistics shown in pie charts.

    5. The Los Angeles Times is read by people who wouldn’t mind running the country, if they could find the time — and if they didn’t have to leave Southern California to do it.

    6. The Boston Globe is read by people whose parents used to run the country and did a poor job of it, thank you very much.

    7. The New York Daily News is read by people who aren’t too sure who’s running the country and don’t really care as long as they can get a seat on the train.

    8. The New York Post is read by people who don’t care who is running the country as long as they do something really scandalous, preferably while intoxicated.

    9. The Miami Herald is read by people who are running another country, but need the baseball scores.

    10. The San Francisco Chronicle is read by people who aren’t sure if there is a country or that anyone is running it; but if so, they oppose all that they stand for.There are occasional exceptions if the leaders are gay, handicapped, minority, feminist, atheist dwarfs who also happen to be illegal aliens from any other country or galaxy, provided of course, that they are not Republicans.

    11. The National Enquirer is read by people trapped in line at the grocery store.

    12. The Seattle Times is read by people who have recently caught a fish and need something to wrap it in.

  2. I remember reading a few years ago that someone had discovered the same exact thing. They (eventually) told him explicitly that they wouldn’t publish his letter because it contradicted the story.