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Times Names New Public Editor

nyt_050307.jpgMemo [via the Observer] from executive editor Bill Keller:

Colleagues:

This month Barney Calame concludes his tour in what I have occasionally referred to as the most thankless job in journalism. We recruited Barney to be our Public Editor because of his unquestioned integrity and his lifelong commitment to the highest standards of journalism. Through thick and thin, he has demonstrated that integrity and that commitment. The job may be thankless, but Barney is not: I’m immensely grateful for the great service he has performed for this paper.

As my job description suggests, high on the list of attributes we look for in our public editors is the ability to stand up gracefully under fire. In addition to a thick skin, the job calls for a clear head, curiosity, patience and a deep respect for the values we profess — impartiality, fairness, accuracy and independence. All of us who have spent time with Clark Hoyt over the past couple of months believe he has those qualities. On May 14, he will become our third Public Editor.

Clark has spent 38 years with Knight Ridder newspapers as a reporter, editor and executive. As a reporter, he shared a Pulitzer, and as an editor he earned a reputation as a reporter’s editor. Until the sale of Knight Ridder last year, he was, for seven years, the Knight Ridder Washington Editor. In that role he presided over a body of aggressive reporting in the runup to the war in Iraq — journalism that has been widely praised for sometimes being more skeptical about the pre-war intelligence than bigger news organizations, including our own.

I don’t intend to reconstruct the selection process, but I can say that we had no shortage of candidates. I can say that after much discussion about the nature of the job, we decided that we preferred to continue the practice of selecting someone from outside, although we had excellent prospects from within The Times family. We wanted someone with a deep understanding of how serious news organizations work, although he will be examining a news organization that is evolving into something of a print-digital hybrid, with all the challenges that presents.

We expect him to hold us accountable to our own standards, to serve as an advocate for the interests of readers, and to give readers an independent eye into the workings of this great news organization. Clark will take the job for a fixed term of two years, with the clock to start running after a few weeks of orientation. I hope you’ll all join me in giving him a warm welcome.

Best,
Bill

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Times Issues Jared Paul Stern Correction; Jared Paul Stern Issues Memo To Times

jps_times_correction_sm.jpgFrom today’s TimesCorrections“:

An article on Sunday about some of the more captivating events in the New York region in 2006 referred incorrectly to a federal investigation of Jared Paul Stern, a former contributor to the Page Six section of The New York Post whom Ronald W. Burkle, the supermarket magnate, has accused of an extortion attempt. The investigation came to light when it was reported by The Post; it was not announced by federal authorities. In addition, allegations that Mr. Stern had been caught on video demanding a $100,000 payment, as well as monthly stipends, for keeping negative accounts of Mr. Burkle from the press were made by Mr. Burkle, not by federal authorities.

Jared Paul Stern’s original memo (Dec. 31) obtained by FishbowlNY:

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    jps_times_correction_sm.jpgFrom today’s TimesCorrections“:

    An article on Sunday about some of the more captivating events in the New York region in 2006 referred incorrectly to a federal investigation of Jared Paul Stern, a former contributor to the Page Six section of The New York Post whom Ronald W. Burkle, the supermarket magnate, has accused of an extortion attempt. The investigation came to light when it was reported by The Post; it was not announced by federal authorities. In addition, allegations that Mr. Stern had been caught on video demanding a $100,000 payment, as well as monthly stipends, for keeping negative accounts of Mr. Burkle from the press were made by Mr. Burkle, not by federal authorities.

    Jared Paul Stern’s original memo (Dec. 31) obtained by FishbowlNY:

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      From: Jared Paul Stern
      To: NYTimes
      CC: Bill Keller, Barney Calame
      Date: Sun, 31 Dec 2006 15:16:20 EST
      Subject: Retraction / Apology Needed

      Gentlemen: Alan Feuer‘s story today, “A Trapped Cat, a Fleeing Bull and a Few Human Tragedies, Too” contains some gross inaccuracies in the section regarding me, “A Gossip, More Idle.”

      Let me address each false statement in turn:

      1. A much more common ailment — avarice — was in the news in April when federal authorities announced they were investigating Jared Paul Stern, a gossip broker and longtime contributor to the Page Six scandal section of The New York Post.

      Federal authorities have announced no such thing. No authorities or officials of any kind have ever commented on nor confirmed anything regarding an alleged investigation whatsoever. This has been noted previously in published reports.

      2. No charges have been filed in the case, in which investigators say that Mr. Stern tried to blackmail Ronald W. Burkle, the supermarket magnate.

      Again, “investigators” have said no such thing, and this statement is libelous. In addition, there is no “case” whatsoever and it is false to state that there is.

      3. They say Mr. Stern was in fact caught on video demanding a $100,000 payment, as well as monthly stipends, for keeping negative accounts of Mr. Burkle from appearing in the Post.

      See # 1 & 2. The only person who has made any such allegations is Burkle himself.

      4. Not too long ago, it was reported that Mr. Stern (who denies the charges) received a book deal for his inside-the-fence account of the celebrity gossip world tentatively titled, “Stern Measures.”

      In #2 above, you state that “no charges have been filed.” How then can I “den[y] the charges”? You have already stated there aren’t any. What I deny, and intend to seek legal redress for, are Burkle’s accusations and defamatory conduct, as well as derogatory articles such as this.

      I have notified you in the past of demonstrably false and misleading statements in the unending series of articles you’ve seen fit to devote to Burkle’s smear campaign. That includes emails to the Times reporters and editors involved, as well as Mr. Calame in May and October, and Senior Editor Greg Brock in October. You have issued various corrections along the way, including the one on April 11th regarding the false statment that I was “cooperating” with an investigation, though many other such reckless, malicious and innacurate statements have gone uncorrected. No doubt that has contributed to the injuriously false impression of events which even your own reporters have formed, to say nothing of your readers.

      Please inform me as soon as possible what measures you intend to take to remedy this situation.

      Sincerely,
      Jared Paul Stern

      cc: Joseph Tacopina, esq.

      Note: Nothing stated herein is intended as, nor should it be deemed to constitute, a waiver or relinquishment of any legal or equitable rights or remedies, all of which are hereby expressly reserved.

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