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Sunday, December 26, 2004

Watch David Kirkpatrick

Okrent's happy year-ender as NYT ombud lists several changes, including this:

Recognizing that much of the country doesn't look the way it may sometimes appear from West 43rd Street, the paper assigned reporter David D. Kirkpatrick to cover political and social conservatives. (I will not deny that there is a certain irony in what may seem an affirmative action effort aimed at the political right.) And I'm absolutely convinced that the national desk has been making a clear and increasingly effective effort to scrub stories for evidence of bias.

Sounds like Mr. Kirkpatrick's work might make an interesting watch project for the blogs. I'll try to remember to look for his byline, lest the Times try to overcompensate and engage in excessively complimentary coverage of the moral values crowd.