Sunday, October 28, 2007

The Times's Public Editor publishes (sort of) an AY letter

Two weeks ago, New York Times Public Editor Clark Hoyt wrote a tough column about Deborah Solomon's heavily massaged "Questions For" Q&A column in the New York Times Magazine, headlining his critique "Questions and Answers, in No Particular Order.”

My letter was among 20 letters published online yesterday:
You paint a dismaying portrait of the care with which the Times Magazine’s “Questions For” column is produced.

Add to the criticisms the failure of the questioner Deborah Solomon or the Magazine’s editors to disclose, in a June 26, 2005, interview with Bruce Ratner, the Atlantic Yards developer and New Jersey Nets principal owner, that Mr. Ratner’s company was a development partner of The New York Times Company in building its new headquarters.


[The interview was headlined Stadium, Anyone?, though an arena is not a stadium.]

Byron Calame, the public editor at the time, chastised The Times in his Web journal for the failure to disclose such ties, but no letter or disclosure was ever printed.

Norman Oder
Brooklyn, Oct. 15, 2007

The writer writes the Atlantic Yards Report, a blog devoted to the Atlantic Yards project.


Though I'd previously sent numerous letters regarding Atlantic Yards to the Times over the past few years, none had been published. Yesterday's demi-publication might be attributed to the increased amount of space on the web, and that I pointed out how the previous Public Editor had been ignored.

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