May 31, 2003

READER J. SCOTT HARRIS ASKS “DOESN’T ANYBODY FACT CHECK AT THE NYT ANYMORE?” AND FORWARDS THIS LINK to a story on gay Republicans, which says:

As president, Mr. Bush has appointed several openly gay people, including James C. Hormel, the ambassador to Romania, to high-level jobs, and he has also declined to overturn executive orders issued by President Bill Clinton that bar discrimination against gays in federal employment and security clearances.

(Emphasis added.) Actually, Bill Clinton, not Bush, appointed Hormel to be Ambassador to Luxembourg not Romania. Romania does have an openly gay ambassador appointed by President Bush, but his name is Michael Guest. Can the folks at the Times not conceive that there might be multiple gay ambassadors?

Whatever else it suggests, this certainly suggests that things haven’t tightened up at the Times just yet.

UPDATE: Oh, and then there’s this bit of editorial/advertising crossover in tomorrow’s NYT magazine, which suggests that there aren’t enough sharp eyes there, either.

ANOTHER UPDAATE: 58, 68, Carnegie, Century, it’s all the same to the Times according to Marcia Oddi.