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September 10, 2009

NYT: We Didn't Cover Van Jones Because We Were "Short-Staffed"

Really? Really?

[NYT Managing Editor Jill Abramson:] Why? One reason was that our Washington bureau was somewhat short-staffed during the height of the pre-Labor Day vacation period. This is not an excuse. Another is that despite being a so-called "czar," Mr. Jones was not a high-ranking official. Nevertheless, we should have been paying closer attention.

It's good that Abramson quickly owns up to missing the story, but hard to talk about being short-staffed when the Times still has a newsroom of about 1,300 people.

In an update, he's reminded that when the NYT refused to cover Chas Freeman's flame-out as National Intelligence Council chair (due to anti-Israel animus and other such things), the NYT similarly claimed Freeman wasn't a high-enough ranking (would-be) official for it to spare its precious journalistic resources for.

The National Intelligence Council chairman. Kinda sounds important.

Thanks to ArthurK.


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