…when the San Francisco Chronicle gives it a tongue-lashing for publishing gossip. Ouch.
The Chronicle adds:
Regrettably, the Times left itself and our profession open to such allegations of bias by publishing soft-focus evidence of what would be an outrageous breach of public trust.
Not only that, but the incident has also been excellent for John McCain’s fundraising efforts. The editors of the Times probably couldn’t have come up with a bigger assist to McCain if they’d been trying.
[ADDENDUM: The Seattle Post-Intelligencer piles on.
And don't forget the Times' impending merger with the National Enquirer.]