June 1, 2003

MORE TROUBLE AT THE TIMES: Reader Ali Karim Bey sends this:

A powerful committee formed at The New York Times to revisit the Jayson Blair reporting scandal and suggest changes in newsroom practices was jolted yesterday by the resignation of a key member.

Sources said Nancy Sharkey, an editor who works in staff development and training, quit because she was concerned the committee had become prosecutorial, sowing fear and confusion in the newsroom.

Called yesterday to answer questions from several other members of the panel and its outside consultants, she voiced a number of reservations before leaving the meeting. When word of her move circulated, she was said to have been congratulated by some Times staffers.

Meanwhile — in a rare, non-Krugman-related post — Donald Luskin notes that the Times’ rot has even reached the gardening reviews.

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