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The Public Editor

The public editor works independently, examining The Times with an eye to protecting journalistic integrity and good practices.

Copyright: Copyright 2018 The New York Times Company

The Public Editor Signs Off

Fri, 02 Jun 2017 15:55:04 GMT

The New York Times may no longer have a public editor, but if that role’s extinguished, who will watch the watchdog?

Friday Mailbag: Manchester, Stereotypes and Social Security Math

Fri, 26 May 2017 09:00:31 GMT

Readers wondered about the continued naming of the arena’s performer. Other concerns: a photo of food stamp recipients and a take on the U.S. debt.

The Bombing, the Crime Scene Photos and the Outcry

Thu, 25 May 2017 22:59:22 GMT

The smoke had barely cleared from the Manchester attack before The New York Times ran forensic-evidence images. British officials were angry. So were readers.

Vague Guidelines Lead to a Misstep on Gender Pronouns

Thu, 25 May 2017 09:00:31 GMT

At a time when society’s views on gender identity are outpacing the language to describe it, easily referenced rules can prevent embarrassing mistakes.

The Real Power of Journalism? Blockbuster Scoops

Sat, 20 May 2017 18:30:28 GMT

The best way to build reader confidence is often just to let the facts of a story speak for themselves.

Friday Mailbag: Spilled Beans, Monochrome Faces and Renegade Readers

Fri, 19 May 2017 09:00:28 GMT

The New York Times first withheld the source, but then went on to say that Israel provided the intelligence President Trump shared with the Russians.

Friday Mailbag: Is The Times Praising the President — or Poking Fun?

Fri, 12 May 2017 09:00:25 GMT

Some readers are worried that a new weekly column about President Trump harms the newspaper’s reputation; plus, The Times hasn’t covered an oil spill in its own backyard.

A Rare Libel Suit Against The Times

Wed, 10 May 2017 13:41:08 GMT

A coal mining company claims that a Times editorial falsely accused the firm’s founder of lying about a mine collapse — though the last time the paper lost a U.S. libel suit was at least the early 1960s.

A Late Entry by The Times Into the Fact-Check Biz

Sat, 06 May 2017 18:31:30 GMT

The paper has started a new unit aimed at holding politicians’ feet to the fire.

The Story Was Fine, the Headline Less So

Fri, 05 May 2017 19:38:30 GMT

Readers were quick to point out that a headline fell short in conveying the potential impact of the Republican health care bill.