News of the World "suspended a senior editor" allegedly involved with the hacking of Sienna Miller's voice mail, The New York Times reported. The editor, Ian Edmonson, was suspended in December after The Guardian "obtained court documents which alleged he had asked private investigator Glenn Mulcaire to hack" into Sienna Miller's phone.
In a statement, News of the World reportedly stated: "We have followed our internal procedures and we can confirm that this person was suspended from active duties just before Christmas. The allegation is the subject of litigation and our internal investigation will take place in tandem with that. If the conclusion of the investigation or the litigation is that the allegation is proven, appropriate action will be taken. The News of the World has a zero tolerance approach to any wrong-doing."
StinkyJournalism wrote in December when Miller filed a lawsuit against News of the World's parent company News Group and Glenn Mulcaire.
- Did Portland Press Herald Know Free Ad Space was Going to Campaign Vote?
The Portland Press Herald reportedly gave almost $47,000 in free advertising to a local Chamber of Commerce, which used the space to advertise the campaign to have a directly elected mayor. See here StinkyJournalism's original story on the issue.
The newspaper's parent company's advertising vice president, Michelle Lester, stated that the newspaper donated the advertising but didn't have control over what it was used for. "The Portland Press Herald offers in-kind advertising space to the Portland Regional Chamber of Commerce," Lester reportedly said. "The use of that space is at its discretion."
Downeast.com reported that the Press Herald didn't cover the issue itself though until Jan. 4, after former Portland Charter Commission member Thomas Valleau filed an ethics complaint. But, on Jan. 5, the Press Herald published a correction claiming that the Jan. 4 story "incorrectly described" the advertising donation. According to the correction, "The Press Herald did not put any restrictions on how the chamber could use the space; the use of the advertising was at the chamber's discretion."
However, as Downeast.com noted, the Portland Phoenix quoted the chamber's CEO, Godfrey Wood, claiming that the newspaper offered the space to the chamber for the campaign for a directly elected mayor. Meanwhile, Wood reportedly told the Forecaster that the chamber asked for more space to advertising the directly elected mayor vote, which the paper then gave.
StinkyJournalism has written to Wood asking for him to explain the discrepancy. We will update with any response.
- Former CIA Officer Indicted, New York Times Reporter Says He Didn't Out His Anonymous Source
As Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press reported, former CIA officer Jeffrey Sterling "was indicted last month for allegedly providing a New York Times reporter with classified information."
New York Times reporter James Risen claimed he "did not give away the identity of a former CIA officer who appears to have served as a confidential source for Risen's 2006 book 'State of War,'" Politico reported.
"Risen's attorney, Joel Kurtzberg of Cahill Gordon in New York, would not confirm that Sterling was a source for Risen," Politico reported. "However, Kurtzberg was emphatic that Risen did not disclose any of his confidential sources to the government in connection with its investigation."
CORRECTION: 06/25/2011 10:52 AM EST: Corrected media brief headline: Sterling has been indicted not convicted. We regret the error.
- New York Times Public Editor on "Boundary" issues
Arthur Brisbane, the New York Times' public editor, compiled a list of "challenges the Times faces and the faults readers find" in the newspaper. Overall, he concluded many of the issues are questions of boundaries.
Among the list include:
- "the blending of opinion with news,"
- the updating and changing of headlines of stories posted online (compared with their unchanging versions in the print newspaper),
- errors, and
- the fast-paced cycle of "the digital age" calling on reporters to not just complete assignments, but then shift that material to social networks.
Brisbane also noted that the New York Times' senior editor for corrections stated that the newspaper "corrected 3,500 errors, most commonly spellings, dates and historical facts" in 2010. (StinkyJournalism wrote last week when Canadian newspaper the Toronto Star's public editor reported that the Star published 328 corrections in 2010.)
See Brisbane's column here.