The New York Times is doing its best to sweep a bit of internal controversy under the rug. A spokesperson for the paper said that Mark Mazzetti, the reporter who leaked a Maureen Dowd column to the CIA, simply made a “mistake” that “is not consistent with New York Times standards.” More from the spokesperson, via the Times:
Last August, Maureen Dowd asked Mark Mazzetti to help check a fact for her column. In the course of doing so, he sent the entire column to a C.I.A. spokeswoman shortly before her deadline. He did this without the knowledge of Ms. Dowd.
That’s it. No word on any sort of punishment for Mazzetti, no apology from Mazzetti, nothing.
We do expect Mazzetti to comment eventually, but what we’d really like to hear is what Dowd thinks of all this. We’re sure she’s got some interesting/profane thoughts on the matter.