Thursday, September 16, 2004

Times responds; very impressive 

About a week ago a friend of AmCop wrote to the Times' public editor asking to know if John Kerry -- as Maureen Dowd, Frank Rich, and others have said he has -- really ever said, "Who among us does not love Nascar?"

To the credit of Arthur Bovino, in the office of the Times' public editor, he asked around and responded thusly:
Dear [ ],

I raised your concern with the editorial editor who informed me that Ms. Dowd got the quote from someone who had been at a Kerry rally and confirmed it with a reporter who had been there. The quote later appeared in The Times in a political points column. The reporter was not quoting Ms. Dowd but working from her own notes.

I hope this is helpful.

Arthur Bovino
Office of the Public Editor
The New York Times

One can't be fully convinced that the Nascar quote is not at least a little bit fancified, but at least it's impressive that Mr. Bovino took the time to respond. Now maybe one can begin to enjoy Dowd's columns again, which have been getting good lately.


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