Craig Whitney, the standards editor for the New York Times has sent a memo out to all staff informing them of the NYT’s policy of remaining politically neutral. “Journalists have no place on the playing fields of politics. Staff members are entitled to vote, but they must do nothing that might raise questions about their professional neutrality or that of The Times” story
There are some statements that are so patently absurd you’re not even sure how to proceed.
First, who knew the Times had a standards editor? He must not be very good at his job. Because if the Times have journalistic standards at all they certainly don’t include them in their reporting. This is a newspaper who was so lacking in standards they had to install an ombudsman to police their reporting in an attempt to restore a little of their credibility. The ombudsman, Clark Hoyt, has certainly been busy with their penchant for partially reporting the full story, ignoring facts that contradict the stories, or flat out fabricating stories. The good thing for the Times is they can, and do, simply ignore the ombudsman. I can recall one specific instance in which the ombudsman criticized them for an inaccurate article, confronted them with the facts, and the editors simply ignored the evidence and stated they stood by their story.
Finally, political neutrality? How the hell do you even comment on something like this? The Times sets the standard for liberal bias. They have spent the last seven years dumping on George Bush. Their anti-troop rhetoric is an embarrassment to the country. Lastly, their devotion to the Democratic party is limitless which makes this statement priceless “Given the ease of Internet access to public records of campaign contributors, any political giving by a Times staff member would carry a great risk of feeding a false impression that the paper is taking sides.”
Gasp, they wouldn’t want anyone thinking they are taking sides.