Times Public Editor Will Stay Mum on Maureen Dowd

Don’t expect Margaret Sullivan, The New York Times‘ public editor, to join those calling for columnist Maureen Dowd to be axed over what they charge is a serial pattern of inaccuracy.

The Observer reached out to Ms. Sullivan to find out if she planned to weigh in on Ms. Dowd’s latest controversy: significantly misquoting a mayoral candidate’s wife so a policy-laden argument had the aura of a political cheap shot.
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Emotional Quinn Doubles Down on ‘Children’ Remark Despite Misquote [Updated]

Christine Quinn addressing the remarks at a press conference this afternoon.
Christine Quinn addressing the remarks at a press conference this afternoon.

This afternoon, City Council Speaker Christine Quinn offered a heartfelt rebuttal to comments made by Chirlane McCray–the wife of Ms. Quinn’s opponent, Bill de Blasio–despite an admission by New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd that Ms. McCray had been misquoted.

“I agree with Maureen that the sentiment is the same and that sentiment, to me, is really saddening and troubling,” said Ms. Quinn at the end of an unrelated press conference at City Hall. “I don’t understand why Ms. McCray or why the public advocate sitting next to her would allow statements to be made that clearly indicate that somehow I am not able to listen to women, listen to families, serve women and families who do not have children.”

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Peter King Trades Barbs with White House Over Bin Laden Movie; 'I Must Have Hit a Really Sensitive Nerve'

The White House offered an aggressive response to today’s letter from Homeland Security Chairman Peter King — based on a New York Times column by Maureen Dowd — which called for an investigation into whether the administration had provided special access to two filmmakers making a movie about the mission that killed Osama bin Laden.

“First of all, the claims are ridiculous,” Press Secretary Jay Carney said this afternoon, according to a transcript. Carney characterized the administration’s cooperation generally as trying to make sure facts are correct, and called it “hardly a novel approach to the media.” Continue reading “Peter King Trades Barbs with White House Over Bin Laden Movie; 'I Must Have Hit a Really Sensitive Nerve'”

Peter King Questions White House About Bin Laden Blockbuster

Peter King is not excited about the Hollywood version of the Seal Team Six mission that killed Osama bin Laden.

The chairman of the Homeland Security Committee — who previously praised President Obama for his handling of the mission — sent a letter today questioning whether filmmakers Kathryn Bigelow and Mark Boal were reportedly being given unprecedented access to produce a movie about the raid. Continue reading “Peter King Questions White House About Bin Laden Blockbuster”