Times watchdog to get axed?

Once again the New York Times is embarrassed by exposure of its low journalistic standards, compounded by the paper's failure to retract a lie prominently published in a New York Times Magazine cover story. When I praised the work of the Times' public editor Byron Calame in showing up the fecklessness of two prominent senior editors, I worried that such praise could only worsen the job security of man doing his job a bit too well.Today I learn that my fears for Calame's job may be well-founded. Writing in the New York Observer, Michael Calderone reports that the Times is considering eliminating the position of public editor when Calame's contract expires this Spring."Over the next couple of months, as Barney's term enters the home stretch, I'll be taking soundings from the staff, talking it over with the masthead, and consulting with Arthur," meaning publisher Arthur O. Sulzberger Jr., wrote Bill Keller, The Times' executive editor, in an e-mail to The Observer. ....Mr....(Read Full Post)