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NYT public ed.: Times delayed eavesdropping article before 2004 election
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The Public Editor
Eavesdropping and the Election: An Answer on the Question of Timing
Published: August 13, 2006

NYT public editor Byron Calame

THE NEW YORK TIMESS Dec. 16 article that disclosed the Bush administrations warrantless eavesdropping has led to an important public debate about the once-secret program. And the decision to write about the program in the face of White House pressure deserved even more praise than I gave it in a January column, which focused on the papers inadequate explanation of why it had delayed publication for a year....But contradictory post-publication comments by Times editors and others about just how long the article was held have left me increasingly concerned about one key question: Did The Times mislead readers by stating that any delay in publication came after the Nov. 2, 2004, presidential election?... I have now learned from Bill Keller, the executive editor, that The Times delayed publication of drafts of the eavesdropping article before the 2004 election....


A number of readers critical of the Bush administration have remained particularly suspicious of the articles assertion that the publication delay dated back only a year to Dec. 16, 2004. They contend that pre-election disclosure of the National Security Agencys warrantless eavesdropping could have changed the outcome of the election....


Internal discussions about drafts of the article had been dragging on for weeks before the Nov. 2 election, Mr. Keller acknowledged. That process had included talks with the Bush administration. He said a fresh draft was the subject of internal deliberations less than a week before the election.

The climactic discussion about whether to publish was right on the eve of the election, Mr. Keller said. The pre-election discussions included Jill Abramson, a managing editor; Philip Taubman, the chief of the Washington bureau; Rebecca Corbett, the editor handling the story, and often Mr. Risen. Arthur Sulzberger Jr., the publisher, was briefed, but Mr. Keller said the final decision to hold the story was his....He has repeatedly indicated that a major reason for the publication delays was the administrations claim that everyone involved was satisfied with the programs legality. Later, he has said, it became clear that questions about the programs legality loomed larger within the government than we had previously understood....
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  -NYT public ed.: Times delayed eavesdropping article before 2004 election DeepModem Mom  Aug-12-06 07:29 PM   #0 
  - I wonder, . . what are they NOT publishing now?  annabanana   Aug-12-06 07:32 PM   #1 
  - Bomb plot! Timing is everything.  The_Casual_Observer   Aug-12-06 07:35 PM   #2 
  - They work for the BFEE.  Rex   Aug-12-06 07:41 PM   #3 
  - They are the Brute Squad. n/t  sfexpat2000   Aug-12-06 08:13 PM   #8 
  - We'll Never Know, Will We  otohara   Aug-12-06 07:43 PM   #4 
  - *gasp* But Sean and Rush and BillO told me that the NYT was "LIBURAL"!  Steve_DeShazer   Aug-12-06 07:53 PM   #5 
  - Didn't they also kill the story about bush wearing a wire....  Diane R   Aug-12-06 07:55 PM   #6 
  - That's right. They had an article w/analysis from a NASA image analyst.  blm   Aug-14-06 03:58 PM   #36 
  - Oh, god- this passage is the worst:  Marr   Aug-12-06 08:02 PM   #7 
  - Any decent, trustworthy newspaper would have fired this crew long ago.  Peace Patriot   Aug-12-06 08:14 PM   #9 
  - look into this..  flyarm   Aug-13-06 03:09 AM   #17 
     - Here is a link. fly is right This same guy directed both  sfexpat2000   Aug-13-06 10:38 AM   #22 
        - More from sourcewatch:  sfexpat2000   Aug-13-06 10:45 AM   #23 
        - was too late my time and i was too tired to go deeper  flyarm   Aug-13-06 01:26 PM   #30 
  - NYT's held off from publishing the NORC election 2000  UpInArms   Aug-12-06 08:33 PM   #10 
  - This is a very important post and a very important thread. I think it's  Peace Patriot   Aug-12-06 09:18 PM   #12 
  - I think they're going to move on CA much sooner than that.  sfexpat2000   Aug-12-06 09:35 PM   #15 
  - Well, since Los Angeles is such a hotbed of Absentee Ballot voting,  Peace Patriot   Aug-13-06 02:54 AM   #16 
     - Who is promoting this protest? I don't see a downside.  sfexpat2000   Aug-13-06 10:24 AM   #20 
     - PLEASE READ MY POST #31..JUST VOTING ABSENTEE DOES NOTHING  flyarm   Aug-13-06 01:51 PM   #32 
  - i have equal fears with absentee ballots..though..  flyarm   Aug-13-06 01:43 PM   #31 
     - I hear you. The found a box of ballots in the bay after our  sfexpat2000   Aug-13-06 02:34 PM   #33 
     - Absentee Ballots "counted" by entering on an unsupervised DRE!!!  bvar22   Aug-13-06 03:09 PM   #34 
        - yes you are correct  flyarm   Aug-13-06 04:22 PM   #35 
  - Thanks for adding this to the thread, UpInArms! nt  DeepModem Mom   Aug-13-06 08:33 AM   #18 
  - Those rabid liberals passed up an opportunity to hurt Bush?  originalpckelly   Aug-12-06 08:37 PM   #11 
  - shame on all of them  orleans   Aug-12-06 09:28 PM   #13 
  - What ever happened to Jefferson's informed voters?  jwirr   Aug-12-06 09:34 PM   #14 
  - This totally infuriates me  Bozita   Aug-13-06 09:03 AM   #19 
  - Why did this column come out now. I keep coming back to that.  sfexpat2000   Aug-13-06 10:36 AM   #21 
  - Yes, exactly. nt  JerseygirlCT   Aug-13-06 10:49 AM   #24 
     - We figured this out last December. Here is the DU thread that  sfexpat2000   Aug-13-06 11:13 AM   #26 
  - imho, THIS is the "Story of the Year"  Bozita   Aug-13-06 10:51 AM   #25 
  - I e-mailed the NYT this reply to their article back in Nov 2005  mrdmk   Aug-13-06 11:49 AM   #27 
  - Out of curiosity, what did you think you knew last November? n/t  sfexpat2000   Aug-13-06 12:03 PM   #29 
     - Excuse me! I meant December 16, 2005  mrdmk   Aug-14-06 09:53 PM   #37 
  - Keller should be kicked out.  kentuck   Aug-13-06 11:54 AM   #28 
  - This from the paper that allowed Judy Miller to negotiate her departure  hatrack   Aug-14-06 09:58 PM   #38 

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