The pursuit of balance can create imbalance because sometimes something is true.
That first week, I also went to Washington. That was really tough. I sympathize with those Washington figures who have to face 40 Times Washington bureau reporters. They ask hard questions and they're relentless. And they were quite suspicious and quite dubious about me.
It's a very complicated issue about when is a fact not a fact in the context of opinions.
Is the New York Times a Liberal Newspaper? Of course it is.
The Times' new credibility committee report that was issued on Monday very specifically said they will be putting in a policy that reporters must get permission from their department heads to appear on television, which I think is a really good thing.
I'm saying that the WMD reporting was not consciously evil. It was bad journalism, even very bad journalism.
Now I worry. If people ended up liking me, did I do the job wrong? So I decided they didn't end up liking me - they ended up being able to deal with me.
Closing one's ears to the complaints of partisans would also entail closing one's mind to the substance of their arguments.
If you really hate George Bush, you don't want to read about his hobbies or that he's nice to his friends or that he's good company at dinner.
I'm afraid we'll see reporters stop chasing quotes around the same time dogs stop chasing cars.
I believe the Times is a great newspaper, but a profoundly fallible one.
I know there are reporters who ridicule pundits.
But I think it's undeniable that the Times is a liberal paper.
If you can't enjoy the game unless you are pretty sure your team is going to win, baseball is not the game for you. Remember, the best team in baseball in any year is going to be beaten about 60 times.
Baseball is a pretty sight and a nice experience, win or lose, particularly if it is watched in a nice park.
That the Op-Ed page is very important in readers' and the nation's perception of the Times, the perception of its editorial positions, and of its implicit editorial positions as expressed by the publisher's choice of people who are given the freedom to write opinion columns.
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