'Thanks for the link New York Times...

NYU journalism professor Jay Rosen is having a tough time with the Times.

A couple weeks back he lamented the Times' slip to second best paper in the land (behind the Washington Post), commenting that it's the paper of record no more.

A couple days back, in search of some more information on the Judy Miller case, Rosen was pleased to find the Times' new feature, listing the most popular blog posts pointing to a given article. "Thanks New York Times," he writes, "for linking to my post, which was critical of the New York Times. This corresponds more to my idea of you: strong enough to point to criticism, open enough to occasionally join the conversation."

And then:

"Now please answer my question:


  1. Did Judith Miller, as a reporter for the Times in 2003, have any special security clearances that would have allowed her to handle types of classified information off limits to other reporters and editors of the Times?
  2. If so, what did the publisher and executive editor know about such clearances and where they came from?


Rosen then traces his elliptical communications with the Times' Catherine Mathis who, "seemed to be saying: I’d like to give you an answer, Jay, but I have none to give. Or I’m not allowed to. Or something," and expert analysis pointing to more Miller disingenuousness and a possible conflict of interest that may go straight to the top... (Pressthink)

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