Impressive integrity from two New York Times writers over BBC scandal | Glenn Greenwald
Wednesday 31 October 2012

Margaret Sullivan and Joe Nocera raise troubling questions about their own paper’s incoming president and CEO, Mark Thompson

Over the past month, two New York Times columnists have displayed brave and extraordinary journalistic integrity that deserves commendation. Both instances pertain to the still-growing scandal that BBC senior executives suppressed the media outlet’s own investigation into the alleged serial pedophilia of Jimmy Savile, one of Britain’s most beloved TV celebrities whose highly popular BBC show was aimed at teenagers.

What makes this story relevant to the New York Times is that the BBC’s director general at the time the Savile story was killed, Mark Thompson, was selected last August as the new president and chief executive officer of the New York Times Co. The announcement was made by Arthur Sulzberger Jr., the chairman of the Times Company and the newspaper’s publisher.

Since then, serious questions have arisen over what Thompson’s role was, if any, in the killing of the Savile story, and whether he has given accurate and credible accounts of his knowledge of that episode. For obvious reasons, the New York Times has more of an interest than any other institution in determining what responsibility its incoming CEO and president bears for these sordid matters.

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