DECEMBER 15, 2014
New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd allowed Bernard Weinraub, a former reporter for the New York Times, to review an advanced copy of a column she wrote about his wife Amy Pascal, the executive of Sony. Dowd wanted to reassure Weinraub that she would make her “look great,” as Sony was enduring the hacking scandal. Joe Concha, who wrote this article, said New York Times executive editor Dean Baquet would most likely not penalize Dowd for breaking this rule of journalism. To make his case, he mentioned the CIA records Judicial Watch obtained in 2011 that show another advanced copy of a Dowd column about Zero Dark Thirty was forwarded to Marie Harf, who was the CIA spokesperson at the time.
Here’s a great quote from Joe Concha from the article, summarizing this scandal:
In other words, it’s just another day at the office at the Titanic Times, where accountability is as foreign a concept for bosses like Baquet as truth is for Dowd…who even after being caught with her fingerprints all over a smoking gun…still insists on insulting everybody’s collective intelligence by saying she didn’t forward an advance copy of a story that she so clearly did.