The New York Times may have only launched its San Francisco Bay Area section just last week, but it’s already finding itself in the midst of a controversy. Our sister blog BayNewser has the scoop:

Yesterday, San Francisco Chronicle Editor at Large Phil Bronstein wrote a blog post that “all but accused the New York Times of plagiarizing a Chronicle story about Oakland Police Chief Anthony W. Batts for its inaugural Bay Area edition last Friday,” BayNewser reports.

The Times issued a release today denying the allegations, and now Bronstein has published a mea culpa on The Huffington Post.

However, although Bronstein apologized for his ultimately incorrect assumption, he did take the Times to task for publishing a story that was basically told in two other California pubs:

Times, don’t ignore all the good things I said in the post just because you’re the paper of record and you can — I expect a lot for $900-plus a year. Like a lead story in a news section that hasn’t shown up, in very similar form (or, in the case of the Long Beach Post-Telegram, in different form) everywhere else.”

Not Behind the Times; Bronstein Alleges the NY Times’ Bay Area Edition has Done . . . Well, Something — BayNewser