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THAT’S ONE OVER-WORKED COMMITTEE

Editor and Publisher reports:

In a lengthy memo published at the newspaper’s Web site, Bill Keller, executive editor of The New York Times, announced several new policies in response to a recent report by the paper’s Credibility Committee. Among them is a fresh attempt to diversify the Times’ staff and viewpoints, and not in the usual racial or gender ways, but in political, religious and cultural areas as well.

The aim, he wrote, is “to stretch beyond our predominantly urban, culturally liberal orientation, to cover the full range of our national conversation.”

The New York Times has a “Credibility Committee”?

Posted by Tim B. on 06/27/2005 at 09:27 AM
  1. The Credibility Committee - possibly the most misnamed body since the Committee for Public Safety was cutting off heads during the French Revolution.

    Posted by The Mongrel on 2005 06 27 at 10:39 AM • permalink

  2. In other words their sales are down.

    Posted by Melanie on 2005 06 27 at 10:40 AM • permalink

  3. They’re going to expand their ideological diversity beyond Mercedes Maoists to include Stalinists, Bukharinites and maybe even a couple Trotskyites for street cred…

    Posted by richard mcenroe on 2005 06 27 at 10:41 AM • permalink

  4. To me the NYT’s “Credibility Committee” suggests one of two things;  1) An experiment to see if you can literally work newspaper employees to death,  2) A group that has, quite obviously, been inactive for some time now.

    Posted by Major John on 2005 06 27 at 10:42 AM • permalink

  5. “The NYT Credibility Committe”

    Definitely an oxymoron.

    Posted by The_Real_JeffS on 2005 06 27 at 10:45 AM • permalink

  6. I translate this to mean something along the lines of “We don’t want to die”.

    Posted by Drunk Fade on 2005 06 27 at 10:48 AM • permalink

  7. The New York Times has a “Credibility Committee”?

    Don’t you think they need one?

    Posted by RebeccaH on 2005 06 27 at 11:15 AM • permalink

  8. The NYT has credibility?  Who knew?

    Posted by Baby M on 2005 06 27 at 11:32 AM • permalink

  9. Bloggers no longer have to expose the Times’ decrepitude.  It’s doing the job all by itself.

    Posted by Rittenhouse on 2005 06 27 at 11:52 AM • permalink

  10. Now there’s a job I want!

    Since the NYT has no credibility, the committee must have the lightest workload in history.  ;-p

    Posted by Barbara Skolaut on 2005 06 27 at 12:25 PM • permalink

  11. It will be pay only, behind the credibility firewall.

    Posted by rhhardin on 2005 06 27 at 12:55 PM • permalink

  12. “The aim, he wrote, is “to stretch beyond our predominantly urban, culturally liberal orientation, to cover the full range of our national conversation.”

    Uh, huh. And who will define “full range”? How do you define idealogical diversity in a liberal echo chamber?

    They’ll either get a bunch of wishy-washy barely-right-of-center moderates (who, to the Times bunch, will look like John Birchers), or they’ll get a bunch of John Birchers because their definition of “right wing conservative” is “evil fucker.”

    Posted by Dave S. on 2005 06 27 at 01:00 PM • permalink

  13. These are the guys that make sure Solitaire still works on all of the computers.

    Posted by david on 2005 06 27 at 03:09 PM • permalink

  14. Isn’t the Times Credibility Committee sort of like the SS Titanic Deckchair Rearrangement Foundation?

    Posted by doug in Colorado on 2005 06 27 at 03:13 PM • permalink

  15. You never know, they might be watching the way the winds blowing, and it’s not blowing left.

    Bill Keller tear down this wall!

    Posted by Rob Read on 2005 06 27 at 05:09 PM • permalink

  16. Is this the replacement for that Okrent fellow who gave up in despair?

    Posted by Achillea on 2005 06 27 at 05:45 PM • permalink

  17. They need to toss Keynsians like Krugman to begin with.

    Posted by Faramir on 2005 06 27 at 05:54 PM • permalink

  18. So, IOW, they’re about to hire some hack and call it “diversity.”

    They wouldn’t recognize credibility if it came up and bit them on the a**.

    Posted by Patricia on 2005 06 27 at 07:49 PM • permalink

  19. I’m sorry but just which ‘prestigious’ NY daily paper hired an employee under the workplace diversity mantra and then ran for cover when it was discovered that same employee filed fake news stories from his apartment, whilst pretending to be ‘on the road’.

    Credibility Committee…..puhleease!

    Posted by Jay Santos on 2005 06 27 at 09:49 PM • permalink

  20. Incredibility Committee is more like it.

    Posted by guinsPen on 2005 06 27 at 09:58 PM • permalink

  21. Beyond parody!

    Posted by nofixedabode on 2005 06 27 at 10:03 PM • permalink

  22. Perhaps it was a typo and they actually meant ‘Credulity Committee.’

    Posted by Achillea on 2005 06 27 at 10:58 PM • permalink

  23. at least they are trying for some balance the age has implemented the opposite strategy

    Posted by Astonished on 2005 06 28 at 03:39 AM • permalink

  24. “NYT Credibility Committee”

    Sounds like part of a George Carlin monologue (along with military intelligence, jumbo shrimp, etc.)

    Posted by Bruce Lagasse on 2005 06 28 at 03:41 AM • permalink

  25. The operative word there being not “credibility” but “committee.” Isn’t forming a committee the time-honored method of pretending to want to fix a problem?

    Posted by Jim Treacher on 2005 06 28 at 02:37 PM • permalink

  26. Hey!  Maybe they could bring over some editors from the Daily News and NY Post!

    Posted by richard mcenroe on 2005 06 28 at 08:53 PM • permalink

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