NYT: Don't Call Our Column "Rubbish"
This is too weird: The New York Times went back and forth with senior General Motors executives about a letter to the editor from a GM vice president, attempting to rebut a highly critical article by Thomas Friedman. The letter said accusations in the column were "rubbish"; the Times refused to allow that word in the letter.
Writes the PR guy, Brian Akre,
Now, you’d think it would be relatively easy to get a letter from a GM vice president published in the Times after GM’s reputation was so unfairly questioned. Just a matter of simple journalistic fairness, right?
You’d also think that the newspaper’s editing of letters would be minimal -- to fix grammar, remove any profane language, that sort of thing. Not so.