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NYT public editor says newspaper was ‘late to the scene’ in covering Louisiana floods

Many national media outlets have been criticized in the past few days for neglecting to cover the catastrophic floods plaguing south Louisiana, and one of those outlets has now come out and said it was “late to the scene.”

New York Times Public Editor Liz Spayd penned a piece published to the NYT Website on Tuesday saying the organization neglected to cover the crisis until Sunday night. Much of the flooding started Friday.

“Readers trying to follow the news might have come across a wire story before Sunday, but The Times had devoted no staff resources before then,” Spayd says in the piece.

See the full piece below:


Photo by Micah Viccinelli


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