The ‘Times’ Asserts Kiddie Porn Viewing Rights

How scary must the New York Times legal department be when Salon is forced to run a second and much-expanded correction to a story they’ve already corrected and removed from their site?

The crux of the correction, regarding a piece by Debbie Nathan on Kurt Eichenwald’s internet-child-porn reporting, is an amplification of the right of the Times—and of you!—, as per federal law, to inadvertently view kiddie porn. (Here we come a-trolling, XTube.com!)

Even though Salon is The Transom’s sworn life-long enemy, we’ll admit it’s clear they nobly did the right thing. Still, ya just can’t help but feel terrible watching such a legal beat-down. Watching the Salon-Times legal department match-up is sort of like watching Condoleeza Rice and Scooter Libby mash a bag full of kittens.