The former Times political reporter Adam Clymer offered his opinion on datelines in the comments section of our earlier post, in which Andy Rosenthal offered a strong defense to his critics over the Maureen Dowd-dateline row. (Clymer confirmed to Media Mob over the phone that he wrote the note.) He wrote:
Oh, for crying out loud! The Times dateline rules are that you have had to have been in the place you use as a dateline, not that you have to be in it when you write. There is no evidence at all that the rules were not followed.