Mr. Arthur O. Sulzberger, Jr.
Chairman and Publisher
The New York Times
229 West 43rd Street
New York, NY 10036

Dear Mr. Sulzberger

On August 4, the Pew Research Center released a report saying that only 35% of 1,365 adults surveyed in July believe the media usually get the facts straight; 67% say you, the media, try to cover up your mistakes and only 23% say you are willing to admit them. The Times ignored this survey. This is a mistake that won't be corrected. It could be done by running a letter about it, but your policy of not using the letters columns to correct errors precludes this. The Times probably has the worst record of any major paper in the country for covering up its serious substantive errors and omissions. Your correction box is filled almost entirely with trivial items like misspelled names. Even if letters correcting errors were accepted for publication, limiting them to 150 words can make it hard to explain serious errors. The media's inadequate coverage of the Pew poll findings has been reported on the Internet. You can refuse to run it, but you can't hide it.