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Friday, August 17, 2012

New York Times Public Editor's Office Re Adelson Editorial: Editorial Page Has "Wide Latitude"

I just heard back from the Office of the Public Editor of The New York Times concerning their editorial, "In Thrall to Sheldon Adelson" (

"Hi Jeffrey, The Times's editorial page has a wide latitude to express its views and can choose the words to express its views as it sees fit. This word usage doesn't seem unreasonable."

Note that they do not deny the "similarity" between the "word usage" of the editorial and the "word usage" of a letter sent by Julianna Smoot, Deputy Campaign Manager, Obama for America, seeking donations for the Obama campaign (see:

Or stated otherwise, there is no minimal requirement for objectivity or balance on the Times's editorial page, which has enormous latitude to express its views (or to parrot the views of the Obama campaign).

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