Linda Greenhouse has done it again: reported on a case that her husband had involvement in, without disclosing the conflict to her readers.
Ed Whelan writes:
In today’s New York Times, Linda Greenhouse has another article on the Boumediene case now pending in the Supreme Court—a case in which her husband Eugene Fidell and his nonprofit alter ego have participated. The article provides an interesting discussion of the interaction between Boumediene and a D.C. Circuit ruling (in Bismullah v. Gates) that the Bush administration will be asking the Supreme Court to review. The article is about both cases, which Greenhouse states are “inextricably entwined.”
Once again, Greenhouse and her editors have declined even to disclose to Times readers the fact and nature of Greenhouse’s conflict of interest in reporting on Boumediene. Indeed, they haven’t even complied with NYT public editor Clark Hoyt’s patently inadequate recommendation . . . that the conflict of interest be disclosed on Greenhouse’s website bio, where few readers would ever be likely to encounter it.
As Ed observes, Clark Hoyt recently said that Greenhouse should have disclosed her husband’s involvement in a case she reported on. Specifically, Hoyt said: “The Times should have clued in readers.” Yet here the situation has arisen again — and the Times is doing nothing.
Could there be a starker example of the contempt the New York Times has for its conservative critics?
My kingdom for a video of Sam Zell telling off Linda Greenhouse and Bill Keller.
(H/t to Dafydd ab Hugh, who brought the Greenhouse article to my attention.)