Ali Watkins, NYTimes’ ace reporter

“A New York Times journalist at the center of questions about media ethics and how information leaked from intelligence services reached new heights Monday after a report from the paper shows the reporter had dated more than one member of the Senate Intelligence Committee.”

According to a Times spokesperson,

Ms. Watkins erred in taking too literally the hoary newsroom adage that “you simply ‘got to f**king cross-check your anonymous sources.’ Also, she seems to have misunderstood ‘undercover reporting’ and ‘hoary.’

The Times regrets any misunderstanding.

4 Comments
  • Tim Favero
    June 25, 2018

    Funny. Is she still employed? Dont these people have to have any integrity to have and keep a job as a reporter???

  • Charles Lipson
    June 25, 2018

    She seems to be “on leave” for a while.
    I don’t like her long-term prospects at the paper, but I’ll bet a whole lot of their employment lawyers are going over this issue.

  • Nick Cochrame
    June 25, 2018

    Interesting that you cite this as a story about journalistic ethics. James Wolfe, the older staffer who had an affair with Ms. Watkins, is the one charged-for lying, not leaking. The true quote from the Times is :”the issue here is the seizure of a journalist’s personal communications.” Don’t spin the Trump false story or slut-shame women. She disclosed her relationships to her employers and Wolfe was never a source for her reporting.

  • J Terrell May
    June 25, 2018

    This is like an episode out of House of Cards..

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