NY Times Fails to Scrub New Editor’s “Absolute Truth”


What a sloppy way to handle an otherwise routine announcement.

Jill Abramson is  replacing Bill Keller as the NY Times’ top editor. Unfortunately, someone at the paper thought Abramson’s excitement was too overboard. As Jay Nordlinger points out, the following quote was removed from the Gray Lady’s announcement:

“In my house growing up, The Times substituted for religion,” she said. “If The Times said it, it was the absolute truth.”

Not any more.

The quote (for now, at least) is on Abramson’s bio page. Here’s a screengrab, in case the absolute truth of that becomes shaky too.

Okay, a comment like that provides some fodder to bloggers for a day or two. Big deal. Why draw more attention to — of all things — a quote about the paper’s “absolute truth” by removing it?

Very strange.

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