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NYT slammed for lack of transparency in editor’s resignation

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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.

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.

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