Times’ Washington Bureau Keeps Shrinking

The New York Times‘ Washington bureau keeps shrinking. Politico reports that Stephen Labaton and Neil A. Lewis will each take a buyout offer–a month after Bill Keller met with the bureau, and a year after Linda Greenhouse and Steve Weisman left.

Of late, Mr. Labaton has been covering Congress’ efforts to deal with the financial crisis, and Mr. Lewis has written about a few different scandals since filing a lot about Sonia Sotomayor over the summer. The two leave with a combined 47 years of experience, and, according to the buyout memo John Koblin got his hands on, it leaves the Times with 43 reporters in their slimmed-down Washington bureau.

Times‘ employees have until Monday to decide whether to bolt the paper, or ride the ferocious wave on the rising island with David Carr. Times’ Washington Bureau Keeps Shrinking