Mr. Arthur O. Sulzberger, Jr.
The New York Times
229 W. 43rd St.
New York, NY 10036

Dear Mr. Sulzberger:

A replay of the Blair debacle can be prevented if you do two things. Accuracy in Media has been telling you for years that the Times must do a better job of correcting its errors. If you had insisted on the correction of serious substantive errors in the correction box, editor’s notes or letters to the editor, together with the names of the reporters who made the errors, you, your top editors and your readers would have seen long ago that Blair was a problem. He benefited from pressure to “diversify” the Times newsroom. One of your editors has said he was promoted to the position of staff reporter because of pressure from on high. If you and Howell Raines had read William McGowan's book, Coloring the News, you would have been forewarned of the dangers in the push for “diversity.” Not reviewing this book is one of the errors the Times should admit and correct.