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Ed Kelley Out at TWT

The Washington Time’s new President Larry Beasley has a strange, delayed way with words and a gigantic announcement out today. It’s that Executive Editor Ed Kelley is leaving to pursue “other opportunities” and they’re on the hunt to replace him. He waits five graphs to get to the news. Talk about burying the lede.

While the search is on, the newsroom will report to Managing Editor Chris Dolan. Kelley arrived at TWT in June of 2011.

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Attorney Doubles Down on WaPo’s Wemple

A prominent D.C. attorney, Timothy Naegele, is redoubling his stance against WaPo media opinion writer Erik Wemple for his stories on the recent allegations of plagiarism against TWT columnist Arnaud de Borchgrave. As a result of examples that have recently surfaced, De Borchgrave is taking some time off. Wemple reported today that several of De Borchgrave’s recent columns have been taken offline as part of an investigation. TWT‘s Editor Ed Kelley did not respond to Wemple’s request for comment and has failed to respond to reporters’ questions throughout this ordeal. He has only remarked on it — get this — through a story published on the newspaper’s website that said De Borchgrave handled the situation “appropriately” — nice, objective reporting there, right?

Meanwhile, the lawyer and obvious President of De Borchgrave’s fan club, is still outraged. “It seems there are two ‘villains,’ the talentless Wemple, and the Times—which may not have a lot of spine,” he wrote FishbowlDC. “At least the Post protects their own.  The Times should too.”

On WaPo‘s website, Naegele threatened to keep a watchful eye on Wemple until he screws up and the the Post fires him. On TWT‘s site he wrote the following:

“Arnaud de Borchgrave is brilliant, and he is the reason why I read the Washington Times, and no other reason. He is correct: ““Everybody makes mistakes, and I take responsibility for mine. I will redouble my efforts to attribute with precision.” The Washington Times would be foolish not to accept this mea culpa, and have him back writing his wonderful columns as soon as humanly possible. Until then, I for one will be reading the Times far less.”

Plagiarism as a Parlor Game?

Yesterday afternoon WaPo Opinion Media writer Erik Wemple reported on TWT and UPI Columnist Arnaud de Borchgrave‘s questionable attribution habits. In other words, he doesn’t attribute necessarily, he gathers bits and pieces from the vast number of news sources he reads daily.

The best part of the story are the excuses de Borchgrave offers Wemple. Our favorite: “As I recall, it came from my Pakistani associate Ammar Turabi and from the Pakistani English-language papers I read daily. I assume the AP, which I seldom read online, picked it up originally from Pakistani news sources.” The AP disputes this, saying the interview was given directly to the AP, not other sources of which de Borchgrave speaks.

This whole thing could wind up being a fun parlor game to play with friends. For example, read this TWT story from April and Google the last graph. “It would take a military jet flying at the speed of sound, reeling out a roll of dollar bills behind it, 14 years before it reeled out one trillion dollar bills.” Results of the exact same sentence show up on a variety of sites two years earlier. That must have been an easy cut and paste for de Borchgrave.

So far, TWT Editor Ed Kelley isn’t talking. Speaking of Kelley, another great line from de Borchgrave: “I don’t have an editor.”

Inside TWT’s Afternoon Ballroom Meeting

TWT journalists and staffers retreated to the TWT ballroom today for an afternoon meeting with President Thomas McDevitt and their new editor, Ed Kelley.

Reaction to Kelley was a mixed bag. There’s concern he has no Washington experience. He spoke of his family in glowing terms — but this is Washington, and no one was wowed by it. One of our spies noted that there is concern of putting someone in charge of news and editorial breaks down the wall. In the meeting, Kelley was careful to always speak of the long-time, valued conservative opinion page and the difference with the news side which he insisted does stories that readers don’t get anywhere else. Those who listened gathered that the newcomer wouldn’t be intruding either a conservative imprint on news nor thrusting a liberal viewpoint into editorial.

Kelley’s physical description: He’s tall, with a half smile, glasses and Newt Gingrich-level big gray hair. His accent was stronger when he spoke to the group then when he spoke individually to people after.

Another spy got good vibes from Kelley and seemed to take to his family spiel: “Seems like he’s going to bring leadership to the paper, just comes from a pretty impressive newspaper background. Seemed like a nice guy, a good family guy. He came to the morning editorial meeting today. He seems to share the paper’s values. He’s like a serious news person. It all looks good.”

McDevitt spoke with the giant white TWT seal made of molding behind him. He began by asking who had been newly hired since January 1. About a third of the people raised their hands. He discussed new multimedia changes on the horizon as well as remodeling the building.

A finance officer brought up TWT rival WaPo, saying that “only 14 percent of WaPo revenue comes from the newspaper, 60 percent from education programs such as Kaplan and now Kaplan has problems. Would expect to see their belt tightening — we only compete with them in local print, they don’t do national multimedia like we do.”

Many noticed Kelley’s strong Oklahoma twang. He remarked that TWT is like a family and expressed gratitude for the employees who did the jobs of 10 people to keep the place afloat. He spoke of the brutal cuts that happened at TWT before it was revamped and said he’s impressed with the commitment from those who stuck it out for the mission of the organization.

Kelley ended his first meeting, saying, “I want all of you to look at me as an ally and trusted colleague.” The response was polite applause.

TWT Newsroom to Get First Impression of New Editor

This afternoon at 2:30 p.m. TWT‘s brand spanking new Editor Ed Kelley will meet with the journalists of his new newsroom. All TWT staff have been invited by President Thomas McDevitt. Kelley comes to the publication from The Oklahoman. The position has been waiting to be filled since Sam Dealey departed in November.

On Friday WaPo‘s Paul Farhi wrote that Kelley’s return may mean a “return to stability” for TWT. He explained:

Kelley will take over a newspaper badly in need of a pick-me-up. Over a four-year period, the Times’ circulation has plunged by about half, from 100,257 in 2007 to around 50,000. (The Washington Post had daily circulation of 550,821 and 852,861 on Sunday as of March 31.)

There was good reason why Farhi made sure to include those numbers. Kelley told Farhi in an interview Friday of the hardships that he, the industry and even WaPo have faced: “Obviously, this is a paper that has had some ups and downs, and that’s characterizing it lightly. All news organizations, including my own and [The Post], have had our ups and downs. Unfortunately, none of us who work for daily news organizations are strangers to this kind of thing.”

Read the full story here. Stay tuned for details about this afternoon’s office meeting.


Separated at Birth: TWT’s Ed Kelley And…

Hello Ed Kelley. We know you’re the brand new Editor of TWT. So we’re easing you into the Fishbowl slowly by declaring your doppelganger. It’s Ted Danson.

Kelley comes to TWT after being Editor of The Oklahoman in Oklahoma City. He joined the publication in 1975.

Welcome. We look forward to meeting you.


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