New York Times Ombudsman Clark Hoyt weighed in on the Deborah Solomon ”Questions For” controversy yesterday. After weighing the arguments of Ira Glass, Amy Dickinson and Tim Russert, Public Editor Hoyt concludes:
”I think editors made a mistake by not publishing an editor’s note with Russert’s letter, acknowledging error and explaining the reforms. Now, I believe, if they want to preserve the illusion of a conversation, they should publish with each column a brief description of the editing standards: the order of questions may be changed, information may be added for clarity, and the transcript has been boiled down without indicating where material has been removed.
”If such a disclaimer destroys the illusion, maybe ‘Questions For’ needs to be rethought.”