NYT slammed for lack of transparency in editor’s resignation
The New York Times is under fire following the announcement of a top editor’s resignation, with critics pointing to a lack of transparency in an original statement that did not provide a reason for the departure.
Former metropolitan editor Wendell Jamieson was forced to resign on Monday due to “inappropriate communications” with three of the publication’s female employees, according to the paper’s own reporting.
“I regret and apologize for my mistakes and leaving under these circumstances,” Jamieson, 51, said in a Tuesday statement as part of a letter to employees from Executive Editor Dean Baquet and Managing Editor Joseph Kahn.
“To protect the privacy of those involved, we do not intend to comment further,” Baquet and Kahn added.
According to a Tuesday Variety report, Baquet said that he “feels like shit as a leader” for not publicly providing more details about Jamieson’s departure.
“I feel like shit as a leader and a journalist not answering questions, that I’d have Sarah Huckabee Sanders answer,” Baquet reportedly said, according to a person who could hear the comment.
Other journalists, media reporters and critics have targeted Baquet and the Times on Twitter, with some pointing out how aggressively the paper has broken stories about and covered sexual harassment allegations at other organizations.
Here’s a story that puts that claim to the test. https://t.co/w93wFHRH0i A key editor is dismissed for #MeToo reasons, but the Times won’t say a thing about it. We are left in the dark. Readers are supposed to serve as the answer-demanding journalist now? How does that work? 2/
— Jay Rosen (@jayrosen_nyu) May 1, 2018
‘The lack of transparency is also striking given the Times has aggressively covered workplace matters, including sexual harassment allegations, at media companies such as Vice Media and Fox News.’ https://t.co/SVX5aqF64i
— Byron York (@ByronYork) May 1, 2018
Never forget the golden rule of journalism, and why trust in the press continues to decline–transparency for thee but not for me! https://t.co/SvUF0l16yj
— Ross Barkan (@RossBarkan) May 1, 2018
Women Said to Accuse Times Editor Who Resigned of Inappropriate Behavior – The New York Times // this story is comic. The Times KNOWS why he was fired. https://t.co/EsnjVKoOdH
— John Podhoretz (@jpodhoretz) May 2, 2018
This is a tentative start by NYT newsroom toward transparency about concerns within own shop. But it is just that. Corporate side has diff imperatives. https://t.co/ci6h4JKSra
— David Folkenflik (@davidfolkenflik) May 2, 2018
NYT not stating why…news organization love transparency about OTHERS, not themselves…which is why TV news orgs insist their talent sign NDAs…time for news orgs to do as they demand of others: transparency. Agree? https://t.co/qZlmrMsCx1
— Greta Van Susteren (@greta) May 1, 2018
Notably, Times spokeswoman Eileen Murphy declined to comment to Times reporters investigating the story.
Jamieson joined the Times in 2000 and worked previously at the New York Daily News, New York Post and Newsday.