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Keller: Times Staffers Lax In Ethics Compliance

friedman.pngEver since New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman (left) publicly returned a $75,000 speakers’ fee earlier this month, Los Angeles Times columnist James Rainey has been hounding the NYT about their ethics guidelines pertaining to speaking fees.

In today’s column, Rainey published a memo sent to NYT staffers by executive editor Bill Keller and editorial page editor Andy Rosenthal, which instructed staffers who had earned more than $5,000 last year from speaking engagements to report the earnings to supervisors by June 15.

“We have been reviewing the newspaper’s policy on outside speaking engagements,” the memo said. “We believe that you are all adhering to the spirit of the guidelines, both for speaking on behalf of the Times and to promote books. But we have all become lax in complying with the parts of the ethics guidelines that require annual accounting of income from speaking engagements.”

According to the memo, any fees earned by NYT reporters are supposed to be accounted for by January 31 of the following year. Staffers are also required to ask for special permission if they are offered any one speakers’ fee over $5,000 and, if they are promoting a book, they must get proposed appearances pre-approved. And, as Rainey points out, the paper’s ethical rules also prohibit reporters from accepting fees from any group other than non-profit and educational organizations, which is why Friedman had to return his fee from the Bay Area Air Quality Management District.

These guidelines are imposed in order to make sure reporters and columnists maintain an unbiased perspective. But if that is the case, perhaps the Times should consider revealing what organizations are paying staff to speak.

Why Doesn’t the NYT Have a ‘Serious’ Female Columnist?

s-GAIL-COLLINS-MAUREEN-DOWD-large.jpgYou may have noticed New York Times editor Andy Rosenthal is in the ‘Talk to the Times’ hot seat this week. Romenesko picked up this little gem of a question from Paul Bilsky who asked: “I find it a bit peculiar that the two women columnists, Maureen Dowd and Gail Collins, are satirical and humorous. I adore their writing, and generally think they are spot on, but it is almost like you cannot get a “serious” woman columnist. Do you agree?” Says Rosenthal:

O.K., so I admit. I’m answering this because it’s a slow, hanging ball…I would be the last person alive to suggest that Maureen Dowd and Gail Collins are not serious columnists. They are indeed, very serious.

Slow hanging ball? Our opinion of Modo (questionable) and Gail Collins (unquestionable) is no secret around these parts, but what say you readers, does he have a point?

New York Times Names Douthat to Op-Ed Page

douthat2.jpgAfter much speculation it appears the New York Times has named Ross Douthat to fill William Kristol‘s recently vacated op-ed page slot. Douthat, who is currently part of the Atlantic.com‘s stellar online line-up, had been one of the names bandied about as a possible replacement, though some wondered whether his youth, he is only 29, could hurt his chances. Not so! But also an interesting (arguably risky) pick for the Times, one which, judging from the memo sounds like it might have been made with an eye to the online world.

According to Andy Rosenthal‘s memo — in full after the jump — Douthat will be joining the Times staff in mid-April where his will “will start out primarily online, but will soon be writing with increasing frequency, and then regularity, on the Op-Ed page, in the Monday slot opposite Paul. At some point, he’ll also resume his work as a blogger.” So there you have it. If you’re not already familiar with Douthat you can currently find him here.

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