Clark Hoyt (NY Times Public Editor): Betraying Its Own Best Interests.
I think the ad violated The Times’s own written standards, and the paper now says that the advertiser got a price break it was not entitled to.
So, the paper may well have cut MoveOn a special deal (though if you read Hoyt’s piece there’s still some confusion about this). And whether the juvenile “Betray Us” language was a violation of other Times policies is less important than the fact that the paper misled people for a week about what had actually happened.
One notable lapse, in addition: When I looked at the Times home page today I didn’t find any reference to Hoyt’s piece. It should have been flagged on the home page, because this is a case where transparency would best be more prominent. A small, unchanging link to the public-editor page is insufficient.
(Note: I own a small amount of NY Times Co. stock.)