NYT Public Editor Criticizes Times Mercury Story

Says tuna sushi report was, less balanced than it should have been, and required careful judgment and missed

In Sundays New York Times the papers ombudsman, Clark Hoyt,
reviewed three recent health stories and concluded that the Times
story on mercury in sushi tuna, required careful judgment and missed.

Hoyt writes, I thought the package was less balanced than it should
have been, given the state of existing research. James Gorman, an
editor in the science department who reviewed the article before
publication, said he had raised several specific questions but that in
retrospect, I should have raised more questions about the general

The comments by the newspapers public editor come after Time Magazine, Slate.com and the Center for Independent Media
all publicly discredited the original story. For a comprehensive review
of the journalism transgressions found in the Times article and NFIs
correspondence with the paper please visit www.aboutseafood.com.

For more than 60 years, the National Fisheries Institute (NFI)
and its members have provided American families with the variety of
sustainable seafood essential to a healthy diet. For more information
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