NY Times ombudsman to reader: drop dead!

Yesterday I posted about the New York Times' failure to report criminal dirty tricks committed by Senator Schumer's staffers.

One reader wrote to the Times' ombudsman asking why there had been no coverage. The ombudsman's ridiculous non-response:

Dear Reader,

Thanks for writing and raising this issue. This office has no control over what is printed in the paper. It seems your message would be better directed to news-tips@nytimes.com.


Simone Bridges
Office of the Public Editor
The New York Times

Note: The public editor's opinions are his own and do not represent those of The New York Times.

The Times' news department has suppressed a major story for partisan political reasons, and the best the ombudsman can say is, "Why don't you send that to news tips?"

I sent a similar query to the ombudsman yesterday, and have yet to receive a response. The ombudsman's e-mail address is public@nytimes.com. Not that you'll get a response.

What's the point of an ombudsman if his response to serious reader concerns is just "Sorry, not my department!"?

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