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November 29, 2006

To the NY Times Public Editor: examine the 8% AY cutback

Atlantic Yards Report

NYTimes01-Scaleback.gifAt this point, we're not sure why the Public Editor of The New York Times doesn't set his spam filter to block Norman Oder's email. If the Times isn't going to do anything about their anemic coverage of the Atlantic Yards issue, then why bother taking his calls.

On November 15, 2006 Norman Oder released a document he uncovered via Freedom of Information Request from the NYC Department of City Planning. The document reveals that the alleged scaleback (the project was "scaled back" to nearly its original size), which was heralded on the front page of the Times in early September, 2006, was actually "precooked" by the developer.

Norman Oder posted his entire Letter to the Public Editor with links and supporting documents.

Oder is more polite than we are when he essentially makes this point:

The New York Times shouldn't be seen as being led around by the nose by their business partner Bruce Ratner, certainly not on the front page of the paper and definitely not while the paper's reputation as a bastion of journalistic values is sagging. Also, when the Times does get it wrong, as it did with the story about the developer's "Response to Criticism," the paper should do a follow-up story, or at least go back and correct the record, instead of "enshrining the myth."

Apparently the paper is content to let a freelance journalist/blogger lead the coverage, which makes readers wonder, what other stories are they blowing?

Posted by lumi at November 29, 2006 8:31 AM