Gabriel Snyder
Gabriel Snyder
Currently @CJR 's Public Editor for the NYT. Please send me your queries! DMs are open. Formerly: @NewRepublic, @TheAtlantic et al.Source
Brooklyn, New York
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Times public editor: The readers versus the masthead

Times public editor: The readers versus the masthead

Dean Baquet, The Executive Editor of The New York Times, was at home on Monday night—as was the rest of the paper’s senior leadership (referred to internally as “the masthead”)—when the next day’s front page was being composed. Soon, it would turn into a public disaster. At 9:13pm, Nate Silver, editor-in-chief of FiveThirtyEight, the statistical news site once published by the Times, sparked a social media furor with a tweet of the front page. A banner headline appeared over a pair of stories on President Trump’s White House speech addressing the weekend’s two mass shootings; Silver...

August 16, 2019
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New York Times public editor: The Times’ challenge is to tell readers why it still matters, no matter who is president

New York Times public editor: The Times’ challenge is to tell readers why it still matters, no matter who is president

The New York Times landed this era’s biggest prize in investigative journalism when it obtained Donald Trump’s tax returns. No set of documents has been more eagerly sought after by reporters since the reality TV star announced his candidacy for president in 2015. The Times did it against great opposition. Trump first defied the political norm of releasing personal tax returns that dates back to Nixon, then employed a cadre of lawyers and the US Justice Department to avoid court orders to produce them for prosecutors and congressional committees. Not only was the Times the first to...

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