Thursday, February 21, 2008

TNR on NYT on McCain

The left-of-center The New Republic on the New York Times' front-page story on John McCain: "what's most remarkable about the article is that it appeared in the paper at all. . . . The story is filled with awkward journalistic moves. . . ."

TNR investigates. Here's a summary:

What happened? The publication of the article capped three months of intense internal deliberations at the Times over whether to publish the negative piece and its most explosive charge about the affair. It pitted the reporters investigating the story, who believed they had nailed it, against executive editor Bill Keller, who believed they hadn't. It likely cost the paper one investigative reporter, who decided to leave in frustration. And the Times ended up publishing a piece in which the institutional tensions about just what the story should be are palpable.
Looks like other leftward bloggers are not impressed, either.