NYT Public Editor Clark Hoyt Signs Off: I Felt Like 'Internal Affairs Cop'

08/14/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011
  • CLARK HOYT New York Times

For the past three years, my assignment has been to try to help this newspaper live up to its own high journalistic standards as it covered a historic presidential election, two wars, the Great Recession, violence in the Middle East and more. I have deplored the overuse of anonymous sources, warned against the creep of opinion into news analysis and worried about the preservation of Times quality on the Internet. But, in truth, I have sometimes felt less like a keeper of the flame and more like an internal affairs cop. "What did I do now?" a reporter asked with a sigh when I called recently.

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