Defending Judy: The Times Breaks Its Own Guidelines

One more contradiction between what the Times claims and what the Times does. On Monday, the Times printed a glowing editorial defending Judy Miller. On Tuesday, it printed a glowing defense of Miller, written by Bob Dole. Universtity of Illinois law professor Richard McAdams pointed out on our tip line how this violates the Times' own op-ed policies.

According to Times Op-Ed Editor David Shipley's Feb. 1, 2004 article on New York Times Op-Ed policies, to which the Times Op-Ed webpage links, the "Op-Ed is different from the editorial page in that it does not represent the views of anyone in the editorial division, even its own editors." Even better: "The Op-Ed editors tend to look for articles that cover subjects and make arguments that have not been articulated elsewhere in the editorial space. If the editorial page, for example, has a forceful, long-held view on a certain topic, we are more inclined to publish an Op-Ed that disagrees with that view. If you open the newspaper and find the editorial page and Op-Ed in lock step agreement or consistently writing on the same subject day after day, then we aren't doing our job."


In any case, David Corn nails why Dole’s defense of Miller was utterly bogus. Better stick to pitching Viagra, Bob.