Accuracy in Media

After a May 30 Vanity Fair article by Joe Pompeo reported that New York Times executives were instructing its reporters to “steer clear of any cable-news shows that the masthead perceives as too partisan,” MSNBC president Phil Griffin met with New York Times executive editor Dean Baquet to discuss the paper’s new edict.

But apparently after meeting for lunch in early June they were not able to resolve their issues according to CNN’s Brian Stelter.

Baquet has indicated that the paper will be more selective in its future television appearances.

“We will still appear on television when invited. It’s the most sharply opinionated shows that give me pause. I’m not sure which shows we will avoid. The line is increasingly blurred. Again, this is not an assault on our television compatriots. It’s my strong view that opinion and news need to be separated,” Baquet told The Daily Beast last month.

It’s not clear which programs on which networks Baquet considered to be “sharply opinionated” since most of cable news programs are comprised of opinion shows rather than straight news reporting.

Even though the instructions didn’t name specific programs, Griffin was concerned that Maddow’s show, which has frequently featured Times reporters would be negatively affected by the move.

“For over a decade, The Rachel Maddow Show has welcomed the best journalists from across the country and celebrated the hard work they do, day in and day out,” an MSNBC spokesperson told TVNewser last month. “This includes countless New York Times reporters and editors. That commitment to journalism is part of the DNA of the show.”

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