Keller Defends Times Ayers Story

New York Times executive editor Bill Keller defended last weekend’s front-page story on radical William Ayers and his connection to Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama. Mr. Keller writes an e-mail to Politico.com’s Michael Calderone:

"We’ve reported the Ayers relationship before, and we had it on our ‘to do’ list for a while to take a more comprehensive look… When the McCain campaign began to make it a major focal point of ads and stump speeches, we decided the time was right.”

“It didn’t take any prodding… When the conversation on something controversial reaches a certain level, curious readers look to The Times to help them sort the facts from the fictions and figure out what to make of it. That’s what we did.”

 

 

Keller Defends Times Ayers Story