Keller explains why NYT held story of top Taliban commander's capture

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Times executive editor Bill Keller says White House officials "were afraid that once the word got out other Taliban officials would go deeper underground or start taking measures to cover their tracks, so they asked us to hold off for a while." He adds: "Obviously, we were eager to break the story ... but there was no obvious public interest reason to rush the story into print and we are responsible people. We did not want to compromise what sounded like a potential intelligence coup."

  • Jim Romenesko

    From 1999 to 2011, Jim Romenesko maintained the Romenesko page for the Poynter Institute, a Florida-based non-profit school for journalists. Poynter hired him in August of 1999, after seeing his MediaGossip.com, a hobby site he started in May of 1999.

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