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Baquet of 'N.Y. Times' Apologizes for 'Washington Times' Flap

Magazine article Editor & Publisher

Baquet of 'N.Y. Times' Apologizes for 'Washington Times' Flap

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Dean Baquet, Washington bureau chief for The New York Times, tells E&P he apologized to Executive Editor John Solomon of The Washington Times for a story last week that stated Solomon's paper was "decidedly opposed" to Barack Obama.

In an e-mail to E&P, Baquet stated: "Regarding the Washington Times matter, John Solomon is right. We did not mean to imply the Washington Times newsroom is biased or partisan. We were referring to the well-known positions taken by the editorial page. I told John we made a mistake, and he graciously accepted my apology."

The dispute stemmed from a story in Friday's New York Times about the false and misleading rumors that President Obama's health care plan included so-called "death panels." In the story, reporters Jim Rutenberg and Jackie Calmes, wrote: "The specter of government-sponsored, forced euthanasia was raised as early as Nov. 23, just weeks after the election and long before any legislation had been drafted, by an outlet decidedly opposed to Mr. …

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