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Are there ‘Clinton rules’ that drive unfair media coverage?

With their hats providing only a bit of privacy, the Clintons continued their vacation at Martha's Vineyard, Saturday, Aug. 30, 1997, with President Bill Clinton offering some golfing advice to first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton at the Mink Meadows Golf Club in Vineyard Haven, Mass. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

With their hats providing only a bit of privacy, the Clintons continued their vacation at Martha’s Vineyard, Saturday, Aug. 30, 1997, with President Bill Clinton offering some golfing advice to first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton at the Mink Meadows Golf Club in Vineyard Haven, Mass. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

The relationship between Hillary Clinton and the press is complex and contentious. But is there an “unspoken set of ‘Clinton rules’” that drives media coverage?

Political writer Jonathan Allen makes such a case in Vox, pegging his thesis to a bungled New York Times story about a federal investigation of her emails as Secretary of State.

Instant criticisms prompted changes in the original story by the paper, a column by the paper’s public editor and an editor’s note. Read more

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NYT Public Editor: Glad to see Times editors rebut the complaints so strongly

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Margaret Sullivan, New York Times public editor, agrees with the paper’s firm defense against a critique of their series ‘Unvarnished’.

The critique that was written by former Times correspondent Richard Bernstein for the The New York Review of Books has received a range of responses, with the Times’ Editors saying that it was a piece of industry advocacy and not unbiased journalism.

“I was glad to see Times editors rebut the complaints so strongly. And I think they’re essentially right,” said Sullivan.

In the piece, Sullivan recounts her prior conversations with Bernstein stating, “although he makes some points worth considering, but they are minor ones that do not mar the overall quality of the project.”

Mr. Bernstein wrote to me about his concerns numerous times last spring, and I looked into them, talking to several editors, reviewing his complaints and corresponding with him several times.

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New York Times hits back at NYRB: ‘We are…disappointed’

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The New York Times issued a lengthy point-by-point rebuttal to The New York Review of Books Tuesday in response to a piece by a former New York Times journalist who called into question the veracity of the newspaper’s bombshell nail salon investigation.

The note, co-authored by Executive Editor Dean Baquet, Deputy Metro Editor Michael Luo and Metro Editor Wendell Jamieson, runs several paragraphs, responds to each of the NYRB’s contentions individually and castigates The New York Review of Books piece as “industry advocacy.”

Mr. Bernstein produced much fine and admirable work during his lengthy tenure at The Times. He has many friends here. To his credit, he has been upfront about being part of the salon industry and having a vested financial interest in its health.

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New York Times public editor: Clinton story ‘fraught with inaccuracies’

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A New York Times story that originally reported government officials had requested a criminal investigation into Hillary Clinton’s handling of government information was “fraught with inaccuracies,” New York Times Public Editor Margaret Sullivan wrote Monday morning.

The story, a bombshell that has received intense pushback from Newsweek and others in recent days, drew fire from Clinton’s camp shortly after it was published. The article was revised multiple times — once to distance Clinton herself from the probe and once to eliminate references to a “criminal” inquiry.

The story quickly found itself in the crosshairs of Media Matters for America, a left-leaning organization that called on The New York Times to investigate its Clinton reporting Friday. The New York Times originally claimed that the story was error-free, then declined to elaborate on the justification for its corrections when contacted for comment. Read more

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Former Times reporter goes after paper’s heralded nails exposé

Screenshot of The New York Review of Books article that questioned the veracity of the New York TImes nails story.

Screenshot of The New York Review of Books article that questioned the veracity of The New York Times nails story.

It’s essentially a mano a mano over nails.

Former New York Times reporter Richard Bernstein is questioning the accuracy and the essential thrust of his alma mater’s engrossing recent exposé over the nail salon business in New York City.

He suggested, in The New York Review of Books, that The New York Times was exaggerating worker exploitation amid a “demonstrably misleading depiction” of the industry, prompting the paper to shoot back and say he’s simply wrong.

The exposé involved low pay and other abusive treatment of mostly young, immigrant workers. It was even translated into Chinese by the paper and lured a big online audience worldwide by placing a spotlight on an enterprise that’s quickly evolved into an urban mainstay. Read more

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New York Times changes its Hillary Clinton story again

The revision history of a New York Times article that originally reported government officials had requested a criminal investigation into Hillary Clinton’s handling of government information on her private email account took another turn Saturday as the paper modified its exclusive story yet again.

The latest edit removes references to a “criminal” inquiry in connection with Hillary Clinton’s email account, downgrading the inquiry to a “security referral pertaining to possible mishandling of classified information.” The word “criminal” has also been scrubbed from the headline and lede of the story.

The changing story has been castigated by Clinton’s camp and raised the hackles of Media Matters for America, a left-leaning organization that called on The New York Times to investigate its Clinton reporting Friday. After initially claiming that the story did not contain any errors, The New York Times declined to elaborate on the justification for correction Friday afternoon, saying the addition “speaks for itself.” In response to the call from Media Matters, the paper released a statement Friday evening calling MMfA Chairman David Brock a “partisan” and underscoring its commitment to aggressive reporting of political figures. Read more

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New York Times appends correction to altered Hillary Clinton story

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The New York Times has corrected an exclusive story about a Justice Department inquiry into Hillary Clinton’s personal email account:

Correction: July 24, 2015
An earlier version of this article and an earlier headline, ​using information from senior government officials, misstated the nature of the referral to the Justice Department regarding Hillary Clinton’s personal email account while she was secretary of state. The referral addressed the potential compromise of classified information in connection with that personal email account. It did not specifically request an investigation into Mrs. Clinton.

The Times told The Washington Post’s Erik Wemple earlier today that the story did not need to be corrected because it contained no factual errors:

In an e-mail to the Erik Wemple Blog, New York Times spokeswoman Eileen Murphy notes, “As often happens, editors continued to revise this story after initial publication to make it as clear and precise as possible.

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NYT highlights columns and columnists with ‘Follow’ feature

Soon, when Thomas Friedman publishes a column in the New York Times, his fans won’t have keep hitting refresh to find out. Instead, they’ll be notified immediately.

With a tiny little bell in the corner, The Times has been testing a feature that allows readers to “follow” their favorite columns and columnists and receive notifications on the desktop version of the site.

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The feature, which began alpha testing for internal users in December, was enabled for Times Premier subscribers this May in its beta version. The Times is presently rolling out the beta feature to users in batches and will make it available to all registered users in the coming weeks.

“The Times is always experimenting with new ways to engage our readers and make it easier to follow the stories, writers and columns they care about,” said Linda Zebian, a spokesperson for The New York Times. Read more

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Public editor: New York Times could do a better job of linking

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In a post that examined The New York Times’ decision not to link to a story that exposed an alleged attempted tryst between Condé Nast executive David Geithner and a male escort, New York Times Public Editor Margaret Sullivan acknowledged that the paper has room to grow in its linking practices.

Although Sullivan defended the paper’s decision not to link out to the Geithner story (which she called “nasty” and “pointless”), she added that the Times does not always adhere to its guidelines regarding linking, which recommend regular references to other news reports and relevant stories from the competition.

“The decision on Gawker aside, routine linking is not quite there yet,” Sullivan wrote.

Sullivan was writing in response to tweets from multiple reporters who noted that the paper’s story didn’t contain a link to Gawker’s report. Read more

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New York Times hires FT’s Elizabeth Paton

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Elizabeth Paton, a reporter at The Financial Times, will join The Times as the paper’s first full-time European correspondent for its Styles staff.

The news comes via a memo from New York Times Styles Editor Stuart Emmrich, who says Paton will cover fashion both in print and online:

Based in London, Lizzie will play an integral role in our increased coverage of global fashion, both in print and online, making us better able to respond to breaking news, whether it’s a new designer named at a venerable fashion house (or fired by one), yet another acquisition made by the rapidly expanding fashion conglomerates LVMH and Kering, or profiles of emerging talent in the world’s fashion capitals.

Paton will work with her colleagues in New York, Paris and London to cover fashion and luxury. Read more

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