“All the News that’s
FitApproved to Print”
Crowded, as they are, between restaurant reviews and wine-pairing columns, it’s easy to forget that the New York Times occasionally still runs news reports. But, apparently, it does. And newly released documents obtained by Judicial Watch appear to reveal that the Times provided an advance copy of at least one of those reports - a Maureen Dowd column on the assassination of Osama bin Laden - to the CIA for review. According to the documents, New York Times reporter Mark Mazzetti emailed the column to his agency handler with the Clouseauesque caution “this didn’t come from me … and please delete after you read.” (In 2009 Mazzetti received a certificate and the cash equivalent of 15-percent off the sticker price of a new Kia Optima from the journalism department of a lower rung Ivy League school as recognition for his national security reporting.)
It’s unknown how many New York Times stories go through a pre-publication review by U.S. security services.
The full set of documents: