You be the judge.

August 4, 2003

Publisher's note:

For a while, we had become inured to The New York Times lifting our stories, but we finally got sick of it.

On June 25, we sent to The New York Times over two dozen articles that closely parallel articles previously published in The Villager, and requested a review from senior New York Times management. An investigation by Connie Rosenblum, New York Times City Section editor ensued, and the matter was referred to one of her superiors, Bill Borders, a New York Times senior editor. After a three-week review, the Times acknowledged that The Villager's original reporting should have been credited for some of these articles. Borders said that he agreed that "the Times seemed to show an unhealthy reliance on prior reporting in The Villager."

The Times, however, did not respond to a request by The Villager to inform New York Times readers of this "unhealthy reliance" through a correction or editor's note.

The New York Times sets a high standard in journalism. Its own ethics policy reads: "The Times treats it readers as fairly and openly as possible. In print and online, we tell our readers the complete, unvarnished truth as best we can learn it. It is our policy to correct our errors, large and small, as soon as we become aware of them." In this case, it is our view that the Times has not met its own high standard.

It should not be difficult for the Times to acknowledge that its writers read, and draw from, other publications. The Times needs to enforce its attribution policy to credit the efforts of other independent news gathering organizations for their original reporting. It's a matter of fairness, professional courtesy and good journalistic ethics.

Below is a sample of articles from The New York Times, paired with the attached previously published Villager article, that we think highlights the Times' lack of attibution — and its "unhealthy reliance on previous reporting in The Villager."


The New York Times
June 15, 2003
THE CITY WEEKLY DESK
NEIGHBORHOOD REPORT: CHELSEA; It's Not the Porn, It's the Color Scheme
By DENNY LEE (NYT)

The Villager
June 11, 2003
Chelsea porn stores seen in harsh light
By ALBERT AMATEAU


The New York Times
March 23, 2003, Sunday
THE CITY WEEKLY DESK
NEIGHBORHOOD REPORT: GREENWICH VILLAGE; Along The Waterfront, Politics And a Purge
By KELLY CROW (NYT)

The Villager
March 12, 2003
Lees clears the decks on waterfront
By LINCOLN ANDERSON


The New York Times
April 13, 2003, Sunday
THE CITY WEEKLY DESK
NEIGHBORHOOD REPORT: GREENWICH VILLAGE; Warm Feelings on Bleecker Street For a Rough-and-Tumble Life
By KELLY CROW (NYT

The Villager
April 03, 2003
Obituary - Jimmy Gambino
Hard-Knock boxer, native Villager, vendor, local landmark on Bleecker St., dies at 71
By LINCOLN ANDERSON

also

The Villager
April 17, 2002
Former Bleecker boxer sparred with Rocky, but life hit harder
By LINCOLN ANDERSON


The New York Times
August 18, 2002
THE CITY WEEKLY DESK
NEIGHBORHOOD REPORT: CHELSEA; A Once Rowdy Pier Faces a Quite Future
By DENNY LEE (NYT)

The Villager
August 11, 2002
Chelsea barge's power cut following murder at a dance
By CAROLINE BINHAM


The New York Times
July 7, 2002, Sunday
THE CITY WEEKLY DESK
NEIGHBORHOOD REPORT: GREENWICH VILLAGE; I Say Yip-Yip, You Say Ruff-Ruff: Small Dogs Lobby for Own Dog Run
By KELLY CROW (NYT)

The Villager
June 26, 2002
Small-dog run advocates sniffing around for a site
By LISLLE DREMEAUX


The New York Times
March 24, 2002
THE CITY WEEKLY DESK
NEIGHBORHOOD REPORT: MEATPACKING DISTRICT; They Miss the Smoke, But Not the Stacks
By DENNY LEE (NYT)

The Villager
March 06, 2002
Venerable, but crusty, smokestacks being razed
By LINCOLN ANDERSON


The New York Times
September 8, 2002, Sunday
THE CITY WEEKLY DESK
NEIGHBORHOOD REPORT: CHINATOWN/LOWER EAST SIDE; Few Kind Words Are Heard for a Proposed Economic Zone
By KELLY CROW (NYT)

The Villager
August 21, 2002
New Empire Zone excludes some needy parts of L.E.S.
By LINCOLN ANDERSON

also

The Villager
August 21, 2002
Empire Zone size should be increased; Bike path safety applies to all users
Villager Editorial


The New York Times
September 22, 2002, Sunday
THE CITY WEEKLY DESK
NEIGHBORHOOD REPORT: GREENWICH VILLAGE; On Racy Christopher Street, Anxiety Over a Possible BID
By KELLY CROW (NYT)

The Villager
August 30, 2002
Does Christopher St. need a BID? Board 2's wondering
By SASCHA BRODSKY


The New York Times
October 13, 2002, Sunday
THE CITY WEEKLY DESK
NEIGHBORHOOD REPORT: GREENWICH VILLAGE; Neighbors Defend Park From a Soccer Invasion
By KELLY CROW (NYT)

The Villager
October 2, 2002
Neighbors leery of artificial turf for Village playground
By ALBERT AMATEAU


The New York Times
November 3, 2002, Sunday
THE CITY WEEKLY DESK
NEIGHBORHOOD REPORT: WEST VILLAGE; A Prickly Mason-Dixon Line in the Village
By KELLY CROW (NYT)

The Villager
October 23, 2002
Residents to north and south split on proposed Hudson Sq. rezoning
By ALBERT AMATEAU

also

The Villager
October 23, 2002
Activist and lawyer clash at hot hearing
By ALBERT AMATEAU


The New York Times
December 23, 2002
THE CITY WEEKLY DESK
NEIGHBORHOOD REPORT: GREENWICH VILLAGE; Charges of Racism and Bias In a Liquor Licencse Battle
By DENNY LEE

The Villager
November 29, 2000
Gay bar bans patrons under 25
By JENNIFER JENSEN


The New York Times
August 19, 2001
THE CITY WEEKLY DESK
NEIGHBORHOOD REPORT: CHELSEA; Co-op With a Labor Pedigree Is Riven by a Power Struggle
By DENNY LEE (NYT)

The Villager
August 08, 2001
New Penn South group hopes to wrest control from board
By ALBERT AMATEAU


The New York Times
July 8, 2001
THE CITY WEEKLY DESK
NEIGHBORHOOD REPORT: SOHO; The Old SoHo Rises Up in Protest Over Evicted Sculpture
By DENNY LEE (NYT)

The Villager
June 06, 2001
Can public art and a park coexist on Broome St.?
By LINCOLN ANDERSON


The New York Times
July 8, 2001
THE CITY WEEKLY DESK
NEIGHBORHOOD REPORT: NOHO; A Pole Is 85 Feet High, With No Flag In Sight
By DENNY LEE (NYT)

The Villager
June 28, 2001
Noho tenants sue city over oversized billboard
By REGINE LABOSSIERE


The New York Times
June 10, 2001
THE CITY WEEKLY DESK
NEIGHBORHOOD REPORT: EAST VILLAGE; Friends of Celebrated Garden Don't View a Pathway as Progress
By DENNY LEE

The Villager
June 06, 2001
A morning in Liz Christy Garden by the turtle pond
By KEITH CRANDELL


The New York Times
June 3, 2001
THE CITY WEEKLY DESK
NEIGHBORHOOD REPORT: EAST AND WEST VILLAGE; A Flurry of Accuations Clouds Restaurant License Disputes
By DENNY LEE (NYT)

The Villager
May 02, 2001
Sushi restaurant tries to dance around permit rules
By ALBERT AMATEAU


The New York Times
May 6, 2001
THE CITY WEEKLY DEST
NEIGHBORHOOD REPORT: WEST VILLAGE; Foes of Tower Say It Would Be Thin Edge of Rich Wedge
By DENNY LEE (NYT)

The Villager
April 04, 2001
Make 'paradise' by building a park on the trucking lot!
By ALBERT AMATEAU


The New York Times
April 1, 2001
THE CITY WEEKLY DESK
NEIGHBORHOOD REPORT: LOWER EAST SIDE; A Park Carved From Tenements Still Goes Begging 100 Years Later
By DENNY LEE (NYT)

The Villager
March 21, 2001
Lopez refuses to fund more Seward Park repairs
By JENNIFER JENSEN


The New York Times
February 4, 2001
THE CITY WEEKLY DESK
NEIGHBORHOOD REPORT: GREENWICH VILLAGE; An Unexpected Danger to Dogs Lurks on Snowy Street
By DENNY LEE (NYT)

The Villager
January 24, 2001
Another dog-shock incident - this time at Washington Sq.
By JESSICA MCRORIE


The New York Times
December 17, 2000
THE CITY WEEKLY DESK
NEIGHBORHOOD REPORT: EAST VILLAGE; A Losing Battle to Save a Venerable but Dying Synagogue
By DENNY LEE (NYT)

The Villager
November 29, 2000
Eighth St. Shul is evicted - will be residential units
By LINCOLN ANDERSON


The New York Times
November 12, 2000
THE CITY WEEKLY DESK
NEIGHBORHOOD REPORT: SOHO -- UPDATE; Signs and Lamentations Have an Effect on Errant Trucks
By DENNY LEE (NYT)

The Villager
November 09, 2000
New Broome St. signs
Staff of The Villager


The New York Times
November 5, 2000
THE CITY WEEKLY DESK
NEIGHBORHOOD REPORT: STUYVESANT SQUARE; What's a Park With No Cafe? Wonderful, Neighbors Say
By DENNY LEE

The Villager
October 25, 2000
Neighbors can't stomach Stuyvesant Park cafe plan
By JESSICA RICCI


The New York Times
June 11, 2000, Sunday
THE CITY WEEKLY DESK
NEIGHBORHOOD REPORT: WEST VILLAGE; Mourning a Fatally Girdled Tree as It Twists in the Wind
By DENNY LEE

The Villager

April 5, 2000


Residents stumped by Market tree attack


By JILL HOLCOMB


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