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NYT editorials: "best thinking" vs. "the spirit of the Times"

New York Times publisher Arthur Sulzberger, through a spokesperson, offered this explanation to the New Republic about political endorsements: "Our endorsements represent the best thinking of the editorial board and we do not comment on them beyond what we say to our readers."

Well, maybe. But it's just possible that the Times's editorial position on Atlantic Yards was more clearly articulated by editorial board member Carolyn Curiel when she said, "Our goal is to reflect the spirit of the Times and the opinion of the publisher, Arthur Sulzberger, Jr."