Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Here's News: Editorials at The New York Times Never Wrong Nor Incorrect

"What?!" you say.

That's right. Letters to the editor which "correct" the New York Times editorial writers, or contend that the editorial was in fact "wrong" cannot be printed as a letter to the editor.

That would be the New York Times editorial page policy.

If you are looking for a laugharoo, Eugene Volokh has a fun little story on it here.
The Times responded: “We cannot say ‘incorrectly’ because that is the province of corrections, in which case I would forward the letter to the corrections editor and it could not be considered as a letter."
Your letter which corrected our editorial cannot be considered a letter.

What we always suspected.


  1. There is no typhus in Russia, Comrade Zhivago.

  2. "No, it's another disease we don't have here in Russia ... starvation."

  3. Which is to say, that no matter how much the New York Times may wish to ignore the facts, the facts remain.

    Of course, when your job is informing the public, refusing to print letters to the editor that point out errors in your editorials tends to obstruct the dissemination of information, but something tells me they are not to worried about this over at the Times.