After blowback, NYT public editor walks back criticism of reporters

The public editor of The New York Times  says she should have been more restrained in criticizing some of newspaper's reporters' tweets during a recent interview

"In retrospect, I should have held back more, not knowing what the context was for the tweets. I think that's a fair criticism," Liz Spayd told Politico in a Tuesday report.

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"But I stand by my view that journalists should be careful, sometimes more careful than they are, with what they say on social media," she maintained. "That includes how it can be interpreted."

On Friday's "Tucker Carlson Tonight," Carlson asked Spayd about tweets by Times journalists including Eric Lipton, Peter Baker and Michael Barbaro that appear to be more opinion than straight news reporting.

Carlson slammed the Tweets during his interview with Spayd, claiming the reporters were anti-Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpIvanka Trump pens op-ed on kindergartners learning tech Bharara, Yates tamp down expectations Mueller will bring criminal charges Overnight Cybersecurity: Equifax security employee left after breach | Lawmakers float bill to reform warrantless surveillance | Intel leaders keeping collusion probe open MORE and didn't care to hide their feelings about the president-elect.

"We tried to keep this guy from getting elected, but did anyways," Carlson said in characterizing the tweets.

"Yes, I think that's outrageous. I think that that should not be. They shouldn't be tweeted," Spayd responded.

"I don't know that any of those people should be fired, but I do think that when people go over the line like that, and I think some of those are over the line, that there ought to be some kind of a consequence for that," she added.

Progressive journalists and professors took to Twitter to complain about Spayd's comments.

Spayd was named the Times's public editor in July following the departure of Margaret Sullivan after four years with the paper.