Raines: I never rushed to get WMD scoops into the Times

Romenesko Misc.
Former New York Times executive editor Howell Raines says of “The Times and Iraq” note: “Personally, I do not agree with the contention in the editors’ note that problems in the WMD stories came about because some editors felt pressured to get scoops into the paper before the necessary checking had taken place. …My feeling is that no editor did this kind of reckless rushing while I was executive editor.” He adds in an e-mail to Poynter and LAT media writer Tim Rutten: “Somewhat to my surprise, I was not contacted by anyone at The Times prior to today’s commentary. Had I been I would have repeated my concern that editors’ notes do not give readers the facts, analysis and context they need about disputed stories. I found this editors’ note as vague and incomplete as some that have preceded it.”

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