The New York Times announced that its third “Public Editor” will be Clark Hoyt, the former Washington Bureau chief at Knight Ridder. The latter organization compiled a conspicuous record of early opposition to the US invasion of Iraq and general hostility to the policies of the Bush Administration.
Bill Keller, the executive editor of The Times, said that record contributed to his selection of Mr. Hoyt.
The New York Times Public Editorship was created as a defensive response to wide-spread criticism of the Times’ flagrantly biased and selective news coverage. The paper’s management has carefully hand picked for the position a series of left-liberal journalists sharing 100% of the Time’s management’s world view and ideology “to represent” public opinion critical of Times’ journalistic policies and coverage.
The first public editor, Upper West Side Liberal democrat Daniel Okrent, apparently actually proved too combative for Mr. Keller’s taste, and Okrent’s infrequent bland and tepid dissent was replaced more recently by Byron Calame’s oleaginous sycophancy.
One has every confidence that Clark Hoyt will compile a record fully worthy of his predecessors.