Editor & Publisher reports that Wall Street Journal Managing Editor Paul Steiger and Washington Post Executive Editor Leonard Downie Jr. were asked to take part in the last weekend’s joint op-ed piece by the editors of the New York Times and Los Angeles Times, which defended the bank monitoring story.
Steiger said he declined involvement due to the major differences in the situations. WSJ was never asked not to publish the story. Downie declined because he did not want to be involved with other papers. He told E&P, “I think one of the important things about American journalism is that each newspaper operates on its own and I didn’t want to join in a group situation. We are independent.”