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.