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UPDATE: 'NYT' Runs Correction after 'Wash Times' Editor Slams Its Depiction of His Paper

Magazine article Editor & Publisher

UPDATE: 'NYT' Runs Correction after 'Wash Times' Editor Slams Its Depiction of His Paper

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Executive Editor John Solomon of The Washington Times is criticizing

a New York Times story today that describes his newspaper as "decidedly opposed" to President Barack Obama.

The story looks at the myths and roots of the "death panel" rumor those opposed to Obama's health care plan have created.

The story, by Jim Rutenberg and Jackie Calmes, includes a paragraph that states:

"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. Obama, The Washington Times."

Solomon today told E&P that he found that characterization unfair, adding "it calls the entire newspaper decidedly opposed to Obama. I would say it is wrong, inaccurate, irresponsible and insulting."

He also issued the following statement:

"We don't begrudge any news organization the right to report on issues important to its readership. But it is wrong, inaccurate, irresponsible and insulting for the New York Times to brand an entire newspaper as 'decidedly opposed' to President Obama because of the voice of its editorial pages. Nothing can be further from the truth when it comes to our newsroom. Our news pages have no agenda except to accurately and fairly cover the news, including that made by the administration. When I took over as Executive Editor I asked that the editorial and opinion pages be taken out from under my leadership so that there could be a bright line between opinion and news within the daily operation of the newspaper. …

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