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New York Times Reporter Says Column He Purposely Sent to CIA Was a Mistake

Well we finally heard from Mark Mazzetti, the New York Times reporter who leaked a Maureen Dowd column to the CIA. In Arthur Brisbane’s piece on the incident, Mazzetti apologizes for sending Dowd’s article and explains what happened:

I did make a bunch of calls and was doing this on deadline. As part of the process, I also did send the column. It was definitely a mistake to do. I have never done it before and I will never do it again.

As you might recall, in his correspondence with the CIA, Mazzetti wrote, “This didn’t come from me… and please delete after you read. See, nothing to worry about.” That doesn’t really sound like a “mistake” to us.

In fact, it sounds like someone purposely doing something they know they’re not supposed to and trying to cover up their tracks. But we all see things differently in life, right?

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New York Times Says Reporter Leaking Dowd Column Was a ‘Mistake’

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.

New York Times Reporter Leaks Maureen Dowd Column to CIA

Mark Mazzetti, a reporter with The New York Times, must need to brush up on journalism ethics. That’s the only reason we can come up with to explain why he leaked a Maureen Dowd column to the CIA.

According to Politico, Mazzetti’s communication with Marie Harf, a CIA spokesperson, was regarding Dowd’s op-ed that criticized the White House for not making a bigger deal out of President Barack Obama’s handling of the mission that eventually led to Osama bin Laden being killed. Dowd’s piece was set to run after a movie about the mission — Zero Dark Thirty — hit theaters. In an email, Mazzetti writes, “This didn’t come from me… and please delete after you read. See, nothing to worry about.”

One would think Mazzetti has plenty to worry about now, but nope. Dean Baquet, the managing editor of the Times, thinks all is well. “I know the circumstances, and if you knew everything that’s going on, you’d know it’s much ado about nothing,” Baquet told Politico. “I can’t go into in detail. But I’m confident after talking to Mark that it’s much ado about nothing.” Hmmm… Maybe it’s us who need to brush up on ethics?

2010 Polk Award Winners Announced

Long Island University just announced the winners of 2010′s George Polk Award in Journalism, and there are quite a few local recipients. Below are just some of the many journalists who were honored:

Congrats to all the winners. FishbowlNY is thinking 2011 is our year – especially if we continue reporting on things like this.