From the CNN Reliable Sources News Letter last night (emboldening mine):
The New York Times ignited controversy by publishing an opinion piece by Blackwater founder Erik Prince. The op-ed argued that private security forces, not troops, will “save Afghanistan.” You can read the piece in full here…
- Critics unloaded on the Times for giving Prince a prominent platform to argue for a strategy from which he could potentially benefit financially. President Obama’s former senior adviser Dan Pfeiffer tweeted, “The NYT letting Erik Prince to use the Op Ed page to argue for a strategy that would enrich him is an odd choice.”
- Prince shot back at critics in an interview with Mediaite: “If so called journalists are going to scrutinize they should review all the compensation received by the media talking head generals and the pay they receive from the defense industry,” he told the outlet, among other things.
- Asked for a response to the controversy, a Times spokesperson told me, ” We would not have published the piece if it did not meet our editorial standards and we don’t discuss the editorial process for op-ed submissions.” A Times spokesperson added to Mic’s Kelsey Sutton, “We also believe that the disclosure in the author ID, as well as in the body of the piece itself, was transparent.”
As several people pointed out, this would have been an ideal subject for a public editor to have tackled. Too bad the Times eliminated that position earlier this year…
…and as long as we are talking about the Death of the Media, it’s worth noting that Fox News has hired the Queen of False Equivalences and white power princess Tomi Lahren (her compare and contrast of BLM v KKK is the Ur text of the genre), who has been a regular recurring character (whacky neighbor!) on Sean InHannity’s Waterboarding Fun Hour lately.
“I am blessed and honored to join the Fox News team. This exciting new step will allow me to give voice to all the America-loving patriots who have had my back since day one.”
Is that what the kids call it these days? Having your back?