I was alarmed when I saw NYTimes shut down the story of the Noryway pedophile ring bust. (https://i.sli.mg/0BhVKz.jpg))
I wanted to try to determine who was behind that.
It took me some digging to determine who was the current executive editor of the NYTimes.
The current Who's Who:
This article describes a power struggle between former executive editor (and staff-favorite) Jill Abramson and current executive editor Dean Baquet and publisher Arthur O. Sulzberger Jr: (https://archive.fo/xHVBH))
And Public Editor Liz Spayd took role in May. Sulzberger announced in February the departure Margaret Sullivan.
NY Post reports:
"...Baquet made the decision to sever the paper from its roots. [Sulzberger] must assess the impact on reporters and editors, and whether they felt pressure to conform their stories to Baquet’s political bias." - (https://archive.fo/OFhLK))
Sounds like Baquet has immense power at the Times.
I found this profile article about Dean Baquet, Exec Editor of NYTimes: (https://archive.fo/VtgIw))
- From New Orleans French Quarter to Treme of Louisiana
- Went to St. Augustine High School (all-boys, all-black Catholic academy)
- Friends with Ex-Mayor of New Orleans Ray Nagin
- favorite fictional protagonists, Binx Bolling
That last item's interesting. Binx Bolling's character from a summary of the book The Moviegoer: (https://infogalactic.com/info/The_Moviegoer))
"the problems of his family and his traumatic experiences…have left him alienated from his own life…in desperate need of spiritual redemption. At Mardi Gras he…launches himself on a journey…in "search" of his inner self."
Then we find in 2006, ABC News reported that Baquet had killed a story about NSA wiretaps of Americans. - https://infogalactic.com/info/Dean_Baquet
So this Dean Baquet guy killed coverage of NSA wiretap story (https://archive.fo/azlyR)), and he just wiped the Norway pedophile ring bust story from the NYTimes, while the rest of the site is pushing the Russian hacker story: https://sli.mg/uguegS
As @LaDonnaRae notes, CEO Matt Thompson is part of this, in terms of intruding with the "business side", and his involvement with the BBC's non-coverage. And @LostandFound points to an wikileaks email which discusses Baquet's assent in more detail:
Sulzberger’s frustration with Abramson was growing. She had already clashed with the company’s C.E.O., Mark Thompson, over native advertising and the perceived intrusion of the business side into the newsroom.
Others have pointed out that removal of AP stories after a time frame is standard procedure. Which I buy, but it doesn't explain the void of silence on the story left behind, or the ignorance of public interest in this story which they surely know about. So the fact that AP stories are systematically pulled down is not conclusive about how this story is being handled by the times.