Times Forgets Its Own Reporting on Larry King

Gawker catches New York Times TV reporter Bill Carter in what looks like an embarrassing slip. Mr. Carter reported today that Shepard Smith’s new contract with Fox News, which is worth around $7 million a year, will make him better-paid than anyone at rival CNN, “if reports of $5 million for Anderson Cooper and $6 million for Lou Dobbs are accurate.” But in 2002, The Times reported that CNN’s Larry King was set to sign a contract that would pay him $7 million base salary. And in 1998, Mr. Carter himself reported the same thing.

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