The New York Times scandal botched podcast “Kalifat” Tuesday expanded as dozens of public radio stations accused the Gray Lady of multiple “misjudgments” as they tried to contain the controversy.
A letter published on the website Michael Barbaro, the host of the Times podcast, The Daily, described journalists as “extremely troubling” and turned to journalists to “try to influence their coverage of caliphate errors”.
The letter also criticized a “lack of transparency” in the Times’ audio division for “failure to disclose Barbaro and Lisa Tobin’s personal relationship.” [executive producer] of Caliphate when you edited the 30-minute revision interview that he hosted. “
In addition, the letter criticized the Times for reassignment Star terror reporter Rukmini Callimachi on the Caliphate debacle “while giving visibility to her white male colleague Andy Mills, who was accused of behaving inappropriately towards women when he previously worked on New York public radio station WNYC.
“We respectfully urge the New York Times to acknowledge and take responsibility for these misjudgments and take steps to correct them now and in the future,” wrote PRPD President Abby Goldstein.
Monday’s letter was co-signed by representatives from 26 public radio stations that broadcast The Daily.
Last month, the Times editor-in-chief Dean Baquet announced an “institutional failure” in the production of Caliphate in 2018 after one internal investigation found “no confirmation” of allegations on its main subject of alleging atrocities as an ISIS terrorist.
The man, who called himself Abu Huzayfah but whose real name is Shehroze Chaudhry, was arrested in Canada in September and charged with a terrorist joke.
In addition to Baquets Mea Culpa, the Times added a damn 440-word editor’s note to its Caliphate website.
The Times also took extraordinary steps to return the Peabody Award won by the 12-part series, as well as being recognized as a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in International Coverage.
In response to Monday’s letter, Sam Dolnick, assistant editor-in-chief of the Times, wrote back to Goldstein saying that Barbaro deeply regretted “sending private messages on social media that made recipients feel their criticism was undesirable “.
“The editors have discussed their expectations for the future with him,” he added.
But Dolnick said the Times saw “no need to refer to the relationship between Barbaro and Tobin” because of his “audio correction with Dean” [Baquet]”Wasn’t” an accountability interview Dean had already given [National Public Radio]. ”
Dolnick also said the Times took the allegations of wrongdoing against Mills “very seriously” and called it “a mistake” to mention him on an episode of The Daily “so soon after the editor’s note” about Caliphate.
Barbaro and Mills declined to comment on the back and forth letters, according to a Times story.