One more contradiction between what the Times claims and what the Times does. On Monday, the Times printed a glowing editorial defending Judy Miller. On Tuesday, it printed a glowing defense of Miller, written by Bob Dole. Universtity of Illinois law professor Richard McAdams pointed out on our tip line how this violates the Times' own op-ed policies.
According to Times Op-Ed Editor David Shipley's Feb. 1, 2004 article on New York Times Op-Ed policies, to which the Times Op-Ed webpage links, the "Op-Ed is different from the editorial page in that it does not represent the views of anyone in the editorial division, even its own editors." Even better: "The Op-Ed editors tend to look for articles that cover subjects and make arguments that have not been articulated elsewhere in the editorial space. If the editorial page, for example, has a forceful, long-held view on a certain topic, we are more inclined to publish an Op-Ed that disagrees with that view. If you open the newspaper and find the editorial page and Op-Ed in lock step agreement or consistently writing on the same subject day after day, then we aren't doing our job."